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Inktense Inspirations Friday, August 3, 9:00 AM  
Caitlin Dundon $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process and Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Acrylic Painting, Colored Pencil, Drawing, Watercolor

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Both a technique class and a project class, we'll be creating a beautiful loose leaf journal of bird (or your own choice) illustrations while learning how to work with fantastic Inktense blocks and pencils. Inktense (made by the British company Derwent) can be used dry like pastels or colored pencils, become soluble in water, but are permanent when dry. They are called "ink blocks" and have vibrant ink-like color. These blocks and pencils are more vibrant than plain watercolor pencils and a lot more versatile. Students can create their own color guide with single colors as well as combinations of colors for reference. We'll play with layers of shaded washes, sprayed, stenciled and even stamped color. With blocks/pencils we'll start using them like pastels/pencils, then move on to simple washes on watercolor paper and then work with gesso too. Rubber stamps and positive and negative stencil techniques will be demonstrated. Learn how to apply two colors in one brushstroke! We'll even combine shaved bits of Inktense to create more painterly images. Work with simple bird silhouettes, draw your own, or work with another design or abstract of your choice. Create a storybook or your own design to practice different techniques during this wonderful Inktense workshop.

Note: Students will learn various techniques while filling a little journal.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $20.00 includes:
  • 20 page loose leaf watercolor paper journal (6 inch x 6 inch) with binder rings
  • 4 Inktense blocks for each student
  • mini mister bottle
  • plus use of additional color blocks and pencils
  • black and white gessso to share
  • toothpicks/catalyst tools
  • graphite transfer paper/tracing paper
  • bird shapes and alphabet lettering samples
  • stencils and rubber stamps to share

Student should bring:

  • assorted brushes (half inch flat, 1 inch flat, mop brush or other
  • small brushes for details)
  • baby wipes
  • paper towels
  • water container
  • disposable foam makeup wedges or foam pouncers
  • X-acto knife
  • pencil
  • ball point pen


  • brayer
  • bird or pattern stencils or alphabet stamps
  • Inktense blocks/and or pencils; Pitt or Microns.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU18, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Some workshops may require that you bring paints or supplies that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for paints or supplies for pick-up at the on-site Mixed Media store when you arrive at ARTU18, contact:

Beach Flea Market

Email your order to: beachfleamarket@sonic.net
call: 707-486-6262

Questions: handwrittenlife@gmail.com
Website: www.handwrittenlife.com