Sunday, September 25, 2011
Derwent Inktense Pencils
A group of us lettering gals get together about once a month and teach each other what we've been learning. Some share what we learned in a class, be it in a workshop or an online class. Some share what they've read and experimented with.
This past Friday we congregated around one of women who taught us quite a lot of things actually. One was how to use the Derwent Inktense Pencils. I wasn't exactly sure what these things were going to be, but I realized after I had gotten home that I already owned some Derwent Watercolor Pencils. And they both work in much the same way. So, you really do not need to go out and buy something new if you already have the watercolor pencils.
According to the Dick Blick website, "Derwent Inktense Pencils are as versatile as watercolor pencils, but with a firmer texture that allows them to perform with the brilliant intensity of traditional pen-and-ink." So there you have it!
Anyway, we were using capitals in all of our exercises. We varied height, weight, lightness, darkness, stretching out the letters, compressing them, etc. We were to bring with us a quote or phrase to use. Since my daughter had just had a baby girl, I focused on her name, Gabriella Basil Binanay.
First, I wrote her name in monoline caps using a pen (forgot which one). Turns out that when you put a wet brush to this pen, it bleeds, casting a blue tint. So I decided to use that. (One of those Happy Mistakes.) The yellows, oranges, and reds were the Derwent Pencils.
Here's what you do: Have a small container of water handy along with a small watercolor brush. Wet the brush and then touch it to the end of a pencil until you are happy with how much color you have extracted. Now put this brush on the paper and start filling in wherever you like. It is quite easy.
I'd suggest not using too many colors. It is always a good bet to limit your colors to about three. You could practice on another piece of paper to see what kinds of color combinations you like before you commit yourself to your final piece.
This is my first practice piece, so I am pretty sure that I will keep working on the idea until I am completely satisfied!
Why don't you experiment too!