I won't lie I spent part of it sleeping. I think the shift in weather or seasons changing has messed with my head. I kept getting these stubborn little mini migraines as I call them. They are like the start of one but not quite one full blown. Enough to be annoying into a dark room and quite to get away from it. Sometimes that is the only way to deal with them that has ever worked for me consistently.
The rest was hanging with the family and playing with my new Derwent Inktense Pencils. They arrived Friday and I couldn't be happier with them. Once I figured out how they worked for me I got started. Trouble is I was having so much fun I kept forgetting to take pictures along the way. I promise one this evening.
What did I learn? Well, I learned I need a better grade of watercolor paper for one thing. I'll be the first to admit that painting pictures has never really held any appeal for me. I just never found the level of comfort in paint that I have with pencil and pens. So the only watercolor paper I had on hand was from a cheap packet I bought years ago in an attempt to find some way of getting enjoyment out of a set of paints I was given. I failed.
But the Inktense is so different from the paints it was enough to make me pull it out again. The way they go from slightly dull to completely vibrant had me giddy. It was magic. Almost like those coloring books from when I was little. You remember the one where you got a paint brush and the instructions were to "Wet the page and watch the color magically appear." These pencils brought the memories back, but in a better way. Now I got to choose the colors and where they went. Something I always wanted to do.
The second thing I learned was just how easy they worked for me. I could draw what I wanted and then used a little water to fill it in. That was it. No mixing colors, unless I wanted to, and no guidelines to follow. It was just creativity as free as the wind.
I think this might just add more to my crafting in another way as well. That's where the next set of experiments will come in at. Something I watched on youtube caught my interest. It's called Painting on Fabric with Kathy McNeil. She shows you how to use Inktense to alter the colors of your fabric. I watched it over and over. I want to try something like that with mine. if you get the chance I recommend watching it.
That's my next experiment with them. I will try to remember to take pictures this time.