Inktense watercolor Pencils


This is a water based permanent ink, colored pencil.  You just color your object or shape (with Inktense dry pencil) , apply water to colored fabric, with a Niji waterbrush and blot it with a paper towel to remove the excess water.   Blotting helps hold the water within the lines, to eliminate bleeding.

You can incorporate these with dried Setacolor, to give it a batik look.

I carry 24- $56, 36-$89, and 124 – $144.  E-mail me to order


6 Responses to “Inktense watercolor Pencils”

  1. Maddie Says:

    Hi! I’m intersted in painting white-shirts with my fashion illustrations and want to get a watercolor effect. Of course, I would like my illustrations on fabric to be colorfast and not wash out. Would you suggest the inktense watercolor pencils? If not, what would you suggest? I appreciate any help you can give me 🙂

    • creativetextilezone Says:

      Although the Inktense will be permanent on fabric, the structure of t-shirt material isn’t the best. T shirts are made with an interlocking weave, so the pencil marks will only be on the top layer. When you wet the inktense to make it permanent, the color will migrate down to the bottom layer and spread out, so you will not have a definite line anymore. This is fine for the watery effect, but not the fine details. You would also have to use 100% cotton t-shirts, as polyester will not absorb the waterbased “ink”.

      If you are looking to do production, I would try silk screening. The “inks” stay on the top layer of the t-shirt fabric.

      If you try to use textile paints (textile medium for example) for a base ie: making a large white painted area on the top layer of your shirt,as your base, you couldn’t use the Inktense, because the base paint will be an acrylic or polyacrylic. The Inktense would wash off.

      What you could do, is draw your designs on watercolor paper with the Inktense, or other watercolor pencils, scan it into your computer and put it in a file.
      You can then use the transfer paper that is available at Jo Ann’s and most fabric/quilt stores and transfer your image to a T-Shirt. That way, it will stay on the shirt, won’t wash out and will have your design exactly as you have drawn it.

      The advantage is, your file will always be there, and you can replicate it whenever you need to.

      Hope this helps. Good luck with your new adventure.

  2. Maddie Says:

    Wow Sally! Thank you for the detailed reply. I never would have thought to paint my design on watercolor paper first, then scan it into a computer, and then transfer it to the T-shirt. But only quandary with that is that I do want the look that it is hand painted. How could i get the watercolor effect on the t-shirt while still getting the details. How would you go about doing it?

    I appreciate all your help!

    This is for a DIY tutorial for my blog and I want to let you know that I will be sure to mention you and thank you for your help!

    • creativetextilezone Says:

      Maddie, Here’s how I would do it. Draw your design details first-with the Inktense, on watercolor paper. Wet them with a brush and water. Let the paper dry. You can use either watercolor pencils or watercolor paint over the inktense. If you use the watercolor pencils, you need to put the color on the paper and wet with a brush, to make the watercolor. The inktense details will not bleed and will hold their lines. You can do washes right over them, because once they have been wet and allowed to dry, they are permanent. Then scan your watercolor picture into the computer, and print. TAP is really good stuff to use for transferring your art onto fabric-and other things. Make sure you use watercolor paper for your original work. It will hold the water without warping. You will probably have to practice to get the color density you want on the final picture, but to me that is the adventure.

      Good Luck and thanks for mentioning me on your blog.


  3. maddie Says:

    Thanks again Sally! After some thought, your way is the best way to go (rather than painted directly onto fabric). I will definitely let you know how it goes.

    I have one more questions for you though. Where can I find Intense pens (to draw the details first). I’m looking online and all I can find are the Inktense pencils.

    • creativetextilezone Says:

      Intense Pens have not been developed as far as I know. You can use Micron Pigma pens for thin lines if you need them. Some artists use them for writing on their quilts. Pigma pens come in different colors and sizes.

      The Inktense pencils will give each letter a “glow” when wet. It’s nice to try different colors to make your desigs, before Painting over them.

      The Inktense pencils will give you a thin line, if you use a thin brush to wet it. I use a niji waterbrush (which I sell) It has a fine brush and the handle holds water and gives you a steady supply of water for finer detail. Don’t use a marker. They tend to bleed.

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