I’ve been trying to come up with a good way to use water with my Inktense Pencils for some time. If you are not familiar with these pencils, they have incredibly vibrant color, sharpen with ease, and also function as a watercolor pencil. I’ve really just used them direct to paper so far because the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. Every time I used them as a watercolor, the color would fade and I found it hard to get good dimension. In other words, the color would spread uniformly over whatever I was coloring.
A few weeks ago I saw a video by Jill Foster where she watercolored an image by not diving straight into the color. Of course, I thought! So, I broke down the coloring of these flowers into just a few simple steps. If you follow the instructions, you should be able to get the same look very easily.
Today marks the third time I have used this Secret Garden stamp set. There are three outlined flowers in the set – I used the other two flowers HERE and HERE. Oddly enough, although I didn’t plan it, I used the Inktense pencils on each of the cards! The Secret Garden stamp set is part of the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog, which is active until May 31st. Keep in mind that the big Sale-a-Bration ends FRIDAY! For each $50 you spend, you get a free product from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. And if you order from my sister’s store, she donates 20% of all sales to Foster Kids Charity.
A few more words about the Inktense Pencils… I have the 72 count set only because my husband went overboard at Christmas! If you are looking to purchase, I think the 24-count set is probably sufficient. By the way, Dick Blick has the 24-count for $38.99, compared to Simon Says Stamp for $59.99 (not sure why the big price difference — Copics are cheap at Dick Blick too!). One thing I noticed is that the color of the pencil may be completely different than how it comes out on the paper. So, I downloaded THIS CHART to display all the colors. On the left I colored them direct to paper. Then, I watercolored them out to the right of the box. You can see, especially in the purples, browns, and blacks, how different the watercolor is from the direct-to-paper color. I love these pencils more and more every day.
Anyway, enjoy the video and have a great week!
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