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M213 - Inktense Birds Journal

Caitlin Dundon
9:00 - 4:30
Sunday - April 30

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$ 150  

Both a techniques class and a project class, we’ll be creating a beautiful loose leaf journal of bird illustrations while learning how to work with fantanstic Inktense blocks and pencils. Inktense (made by a British company Derwent) can be used dry like pastels or colored pencils, become soluble with 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, spritzed, stenciled and even stamped color. Starting with simple washes on unfinished surface, we’ll build techniques and layers as we go from bird to bird, working with rubber stamps and positive and negative stencil techniques with Inktense blocks too, as well as details and shading with pencils. Learn how to apply two colors in one brushstroke! We’ll even combine with gesso to create more painterly images. Work with simple bird silhouettes, draw your own birds or work in another design of your choice. Create a story book of the same bird or different bird designs (provided) to practice different techniques for this wonderful Inktense workshop. 

Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:
assorted brushes (size 4, size 6 pointed round, ½ inch flat, ¾ inch flat)
8 oz. white acrylic gesso (can be shared with a friend)
baby wipes, paper towels, water container
mini mister bottle
X-acto knife
ball point pen

optional: bird or pattern stencils or alphabet stamps, Inktense blocks and/or pencils, Pitt or Micron pens

Kit fee $20 payable to instructor at beginning of class includes:
Faber Castell Mixed Media Journal Boards (12 pages - 6 inches by 6 inches square)
binder rings
3 Inktense blocks for each student
Use of additional colors Inktense pencils and blocks
Paper blender sticks
Makeup wedges
Black gesso to share
Graphite transfer paper and tracing paper
Bird shapes and Alphabet Lettering
Stencils and rubber stamps to share


Click here for a printable page

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