Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Love these pencils........still not so crazy about TAP

Been playing with some new (to me) products as of late. I LOVE these Inktense pencils. Use them just like a regular pencil, but when you wet them, the colour blooms and becomes permanent once allowed to dry. If you desire a watercolour effect, allowing the pencil/colour to bleed......then water works great.........BUT if you don't want the colour to run and bleed out in your fabric you may want to try using something else to "wet" the penciled area. Here is a test I did. I first made several circles on a piece of fabric and coloured them using the Inktense pencilsNext I used various "mediums" to wet the areas and see how the pencil would be affected.
I have left these images large so click on them to get a better look. As you can see, there was lots of running with the use of water (and my brush was NOT saturated, I used as little as possible) The other items actually all worked quite well and the only one that significantly changes the hand of the fabric is the Golden Medium. I even washed the finished piece to see how well it would hold it's colour......result? Excellent!
Now......about TAP, Artist Transfer Paper. I thought that I would be able to dampen the TAP and then use those Inktense pencils because they "dissolve" in the water........but even though I worked as gentle as possible, it still rubbed the coating off and you just end up with a mess.........so, I have found that the TAP works very well when using it with your printer but even though the reviews say you can draw on this stuff, you really can NOT, unless you are using a very fluid medium like ink, paint, or markers. Pencils, crayons, pastels and paintsticks all just scrape the coating off .....I found it quite disappointing.

I did make some cards though. After discovering that I could not do what I had planned with the images printed on TAP, I decided to go ahead and transfer them to fabric and then colour them after. Here are the finished cards.Most of them are spoken for, but this one is up for grabs. If you'd like to find it in your mail box, please leave a comment in this post. I'll announce a winner Sunday.

29 comments:

Quilt or Dye said...

Absolutely I want one!

sbsudbury said...

Thanks so much for sharing the results of your experiments. I will be ordering a set of these pencils for sure! Your card is absolutely lovely.

You mentioned at Art store last week. Is it a Canadian store? I could not tell from their website.

Rosalind said...

I just knew you'd love those pencils :o) Which size tin did you get? I didn't realise for months that one of the pencils is an outliner which acts like gutta in silk painting to stop the colour seeping through to the next.
Magic eh?

Penny said...

Lovely I would like it too!
I have hada small tin of inktense for a couple of years now, keep meaning to get more as I love them.

Debbie said...

Count me in! I love reading about your tests and experiments, and have gained a lot of insight. Still in total awe of your doodles.

quilts said...

I had never heard of Inktense before. Loved your test. Thanks fkor sharing. Merry Christmas Claudia

Trudi said...

I love the testing you've done! And the cards are beautiful! You've inspired me, that's for sure!

Joanne said...

They are all beautiful - I would love one in my mailbox!♥

Dotti said...

These turned out really nice! I haven't done too much experimentation with my TAP except to transfer images! I may have to drag out my inks and see what developes!

West Michigan Quilter said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your results. Great way of using Zentangles.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I'd love to be in your drawing. Thanks for the great info on your testing.

Robbie said...

Hey, good to know you did the experimenting and not me!! Thanks much for the info. I do love the intense pencils..they are great.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

It looks like I will have to invest in a set of the pencils, but I tell you, I am all *TAPped* out. I was reading on a group post about another lady who had the same issues I had with it; crumbling on the fabric.
I wonder how the pencils would work on my old iron on medium???
Loved seeing the different tests---BRAVO!
(and yes I'd love to find that in my mailbox.....)

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Diane J. Evans said...

I always admire the way you take the time to try something out and then YOU SHARE IT WITH US!! We benefit so much from your experimentation -- I'm actually printing out your test results so I can remember what worked best.

The cards you made are simply lovely -- each one is a unique treasure. Bless your talent, Jill!

Diane

Mary-Kay said...

Beautiful! And it would look great in my mailbox. That is if you can get out to mail it. Do you love all that snow?

Jackie said...

hey!

Where did you get the Inktense pencils?

Joan said...

I just love to see your experiments...what is your formula for the jo sonja? Scuse spelling :(
The cards are lovely. One question...you do the fabric painting...you mnachine is...and then you sew the card on the back??

Teresa said...

Oh, pick me! I have learned so much from your blog. You always show us new techniques and try out new products. I love your reviews of products - you really put them through their paces. Thanks!

orkaloca said...

hi :) Thank you for sharing! I can't find inktense pencils in my country, do you think I can use a good quality water-soluble crayons?

oh and I'd love to win one of your cards, love them!

Ethne said...

Great work - I want so much to get some of my UFO's etc done so I can experiment with colouring pencils and medium etc - soon please, soon.
The advice here you give on your trials etc is very, very helpful, thank you

helen-mary said...

Lovely card. You did a beautiful job on the pebble quilting.

margot said...

Gorgeous! It's all I can say.

Createology said...

Hi Jill: I so love your doodles and to have one of your cards would be heaven. Please enter my name for your giveaway. Thank you so much. Happy Inktense doodling...

Clare Wassermann said...

My favourites are the aloe vera gel and the Golden Matte Medium! Thank you for being so thorough and scientific!

Quilter Kathy said...

I'm very certain that this lovely piece of art would like to live at my house! Beautiful!

tigerdog said...

love your blog quilt rat, pick me pick me......love your postcards.

Karen S said...

I love, love, love my Inktense pencils. I have been planning to do some testing like you did with the various mediums. Did the pencil really stay after you washed it?

Bonnie said...

Oh please, please, please. I am an admirer or your work. So love one to have!

California Fiber artist and composer said...

Thank you for sharing your findings about the Inktense pencils and different media. It is great to know what not to try.

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