The publisher of my first book, C&T Publishing, is now handling more art quilting supplies. They asked several months ago if any of their authors would be interested in being an "Author Ambassador". I happily jumped into the experiment with enthusiasm. (I do have trouble sitting on my hands at meetings!) A package soon arrived in the mail containing a very generous and exciting bundle of goodies. Liquitex Inks in primary colors, a selection of Derwent Inktense Pencils, some fabric medium and some Liquitex paints. Enough to make someone like me salivate and instantly start hatching new ideas.
I set out to play with the products and to sketch out what I wanted to produce. I wanted to try the inks since I had not used them before. I've used lots of fabric paints, but not inks. So I tried painting with the inks, using a quill pen with the inks, using a rubber stamp and a brayer with the inks, darkening areas with the Inktense pencils, and just generally played around happily. Then I drew out my design on paper, put it on my tracing surface and got going with the inks and the real thing. It turned out beautifully. I was really pleased with the way the inks performed, both as a color medium, and as a resist when a second coat was added. The Inktense Pencils were really wonderful. They colored in spaces, they darkened lines, they shaded cheeks.....all depending on the wetness and size of the paintbrush used. In essence, I LOVED the products.