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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

March's Technique

As I was debating what technique to choose for March, I read a recent post by Terri Stegmiller that made up my mind.  In March we are going to try using  artists inks.  I have long wondered at the difference between inks, dyes, and paints.   So, here is everything I know about the inks and I hope that, with your help, I will learn much more during March.

First, here is a link to the product information for the type of inks that Terri Stegmiller used.  It includes a description of the inks, color charts, and a couple of PDF guides of projects on watercolor paper. There are of course other kinds of inks.  Judy Coates Perez uses these inks.

Suzan Engler did some tests with theliquid acrylic inks and wrote about it here.  I can see Rosalita trying this particular way of using the inks.

 Here is Terri Stegmiller's description of the inks and here is the tutorial and finished project from her that incorporated a zentangle technique with a gel pen.  It is another way to use the inks.

Here is a third way of using the inks and mixes them with aloe vera gel.  I had read of this method before from the Quilt Rat  with her outstanding doodles.  Quilting Arts also has instructions from Judy Coates Perez for gel ink painting. And here is another blog that tells you how to get the same type of results without using the gel.

Okay, I have told you  all that I almost know about using inks with fabric surface design.  I have my supplies ordered and look forward to experimenting. But first, I have some more shibori and batik techniques I want to attempt and show the you results--good or bad!


  1. Judith you sweet thing!!! I have a whole set of Tsukineko inks that I have not used. Mostly because I was not sure how to do it. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn how. Looking forward to doing this.

  2. I love these inks and would like to use them more. I'll be watching to see what you do!

  3. I love the Tsukineko inks, too. I've used them a few times in my landscapes, and am interested in using them like watercolors in their own right. Can't wait to see what folks will do with them.

  4. I look forward to reading about your results.

  5. This will give me the incentive to actually open the inks I bought 2 years ago!


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