Wednesday, 3 December 2014

WOYWW #287: Inktense pencils on textile

I'm linking up with the Stamping Ground again this week for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. As you can see from the photo below, I managed to keep my desk/dining table tidy ALL WEEK by making sure that I put away the stuff that I used for each project. It's a bit of extra work but I figured it's less painful this way than getting to the stage where it becomes unmanagable and having to spend half a day clearing everything away. I wonder how long I will be able to keep this up!

It occurred to me that I never shared the gift I made for Cindy in return for the (very useful!) desk organizer you can see on my desk. She received my gift a couple of weeks ago and made this touching video of opening the parcel. You can also see some stills on her website.

In the last couple of days I was busy trying a technique that I first saw on Peggy Gabrielson's website. She gessoed a piece of cotton fabric and painted a face on it with Derwent Inktense blocks, which she then used as a journal cover. It seemed a bit too ambitious for me to try this technique with a face so I drew some flowers instead using Inktense pencils. (These are currently £14.99 on Amazon UK for a set of 24, which is fantastic value, cheaper than the 12 pack!) Subconsciously, I think I was also inspired by this blog post by Beth Lee Browning.

Here's a photo of my simple drawing/painting on gessoed textile. You can see just how intense those colours are, though bear in mind that camera exaggerates a little bit.

Gessoed cotton material with Inktense pencils - later on, I added some white outlines as well.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this piece of textile. In the end I decided to turn it into a tag and a mini book cover and used the leftovers for a journal page. Not one tiny piece of it got wasted! I added some white outlines to the flowers as well. You can see my creations below:
Tag/bookmark with faux stitching and sari ribbon

Close up of the tag - I love how the inktense colours mingled like watercolours!
Mini book cover

Gelli prints on inside pages!

I added a quote by Emily Dickinson inside the mini journal

I used all the cut-off pieces of the textile for a journal page

The Inktense pencils are really vibrant!

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