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Add water to the remarkable Inktense Blocks & Inktense Pencils to get a vivid, ink like effect and, once dry, Inktense becomes permanent enabling the artists to work over them without affecting the layers of colour.
  • The blocks are extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of creative effects
  • You can use them like pans of paint, apply colour directly to wet or dry paper and use them on their side to cover large areas quickly.
  • They can also be used on fabric to create stunning silk paintings and quilts.
  • Use corners or the blocks or the pencils for perfect precision
  • Range of accessories available to compliment the Inktense ranges
  • The Inktense Blocks and Inktense Pencils are colour matched perfectly
  • The non-soluble Inktense outliner pencil is particularly useful as it allows you to draw outlines that are permanent, even when water is applied.

Using Inktense on silk:

There are a variety of ways to transfer the colour:

  • Wet the silk and use a dry pencil or edge of a block to draw directly onto the surface.
  • Lift the colour from the pencil tip or block with a wet brush and apply directly onto the dry silk surface.
  • Use Inktense Blocks and a Grate ‘n' Shake to create Inktense paint. This paint can then be applied directly onto the fabric with a paint brush.
  • Once dry, Inktense is permanent so there is no requirement for ironing or further fixing.
  • The silk can be washed at a low temperature if required.
  • TIP: Use gutta for your outlines to stop bleed.

Using Inktense on other fabric:

  • Draw your outline onto your fabric.
  • Create an Inktense paint using Inktense Blocks and a Grate ‘n' Shake.
  • To help the colour take to the fabric use a textile medium.
  • Paint the textile medium into the area required, the area needs to be damp but not too wet.
  • Take the Inktense ‘paint' and apply this to the fabric using a paintbrush.
  • Once dry, Inktense is permanent, so there is no requirement for ironing or further fixing.

Using Inktense for rubber stamping:
  • Create an Inktense paint using your blocks and a Grate ‘n' Shake.
  • Using a paintbrush apply this paint to the surface of your rubber stamp.
  • Press the stamp down firmly onto the paper and then remove to reveal the stamped image.
  • You can also use your Inktense Pencils to colour in the gaps created by a stamp.

Using Inktense for Decoupage:
  • On separate pieces of paper duplicate an image a number of times and layer on top of each other using glue to create a 3D effect.
  • The first image should be much bigger than the last image to achieve the required effect.
  • Inktense can be used to create your images and will not smudge if used with glue.

Using Inktense with masking fluid:
  • Inktense Blocks are perfect for covering large areas quickly.
  • Draw your desired design onto your paper.
  • Apply the masking fluid inside the outline; a paper stump is a good tool for this task.
  • Using your Inktense Blocks and a Grate ‘n' Shake, create Inktense paint.
  • Once the masking fluid has dried, cover your background with the Inktense paint.
  • Leave this to dry and, if happy with your background, peel the masking fluid off to reveal a white outline of your drawing.
  • Finish your drawing as required.
Derwent's proffessional artist Tony Hogan's Top tips
  • Create your own colour chart using the entire range of colours.
  • Use a paper palette for establishing lighter tones.
  • Lift colour off the end of the pencil to strengthen tonality.
  • Lay dry colour down and then wet for greater intensity.
  • To Increase colour choice; mix two colours side by side.
  • Lay several colours down on the paper and blend together.
  • Soften tones by applying dry colour over drawn areas.
  • Create texture by flicking colour off the end of the pencil using a wet brush.
  • Drag and roll a damp Antique White Inktense Pencil for effective highlights.