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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Inktense and Aloe
I needed an appliqué for a journal quilt I was doing and someone mentioned Inktense pencils, so I got mine out and drew this crane.
I stabilized the fabric by ironing it to a piece of freezer paper.
The last time I wet my Inktense pencil drawing, I got it too wet and the color ran off the edge, so this time I used some clear aloe vera gel and tiny brushes. I got tired of all the little brush strokes (and I was in a hurry) so I got out a bigger brush and really wet it down with the gel. Then I placed it gel/pencil side down on a clean paper towel, placed a piece of parchment paper on top and ironed it with a hot iron until it was dry. Then I rinsed it with cool water and pressed it again.
There is just a tiny bit of bleeding off the edges, but it's much better than it was with the water. And I had a lot more control with the gel. The color is still really vibrant after the rinse.