intensify with inktense

tutorial day

{This activity is from 2:00-4:00 }

How do you like to color your books or pages?

Crayons, markers, colored pencils or even watercolor pencils?

About a year ago I discovered these truly amazing pencils called “Inktense” by Derwent. Now, they aren’t the cheapest tool in the artist tool box for sure…there are many other colored pencils that have a much bigger name, and do a beautiful job, but I have to say…these are amazing!

Inktense is technically a watercolor pencil. It goes on smooth and creamy {depending on your surface of course} like a soft crayon, and provides a very nice color base for your artwork.  But when you add water – Watch Out!! The intensity of these pencils is less like watercolor paint, and more like an ink. They are vibrant and rich, giving you an amazing saturation, without actually saturating the page.

But I don’t use a paintbrush with water. The old traditional way is definitely doable, but with the thinner coloring books, and even some of the heavier ones that aren’t necessarily made for paint, {especially very watery paint} you have to be careful in your treatment of the paper if you want to avoid ripping or buckling.

Instead I use what is called a blender pen. There are several companies that make them, but my favorite is by Marvy {not always the easiest to find though) These amazing little pens have some sort of a light solvent inside – don’t worry…there isn’t much in there and they don’t really smell like a solvent. The solvent, when wiped over the penciled fill, almost melts together the pencil, forming a smooth blended surface.

By varying the pressure of the pencil while coloring, as well as blending two or three similar colors  in an area, will allow you to create vibrant shadings with lots of depth. Take a look at the short video tutorial below to see how amazing these pencils really are!

I hope you are inspired!

Get out your coloring pages and color away. Try a new tool, layer for depth, and by all means…give the blender pens a try! They can be found in art supply stores and even the scrapbooking section at craft stores.

The purchase perk for this block of time is a free limited edition print with any purchase. Choose from any of the website purchases below:

31 Days of Coloring Hope coloring book – $7.99 plus $2.50 shipping

31 Days of Coloring Hope coloring book (pdf download) – $4.99

31 days of coloring bookmarks – $5.00 free shipping

31 days of coloring bookmarks (pdf download) -$2.00

5 pack of 31 Days postcards  – $5.00 free shipping

5 pack of 31 Days postcards (pdf download) – $3.00


The print will be sent to you with your item…unless your item is a download. Then the print will be mailed to you separately.

8x10 limited edition print for 31 days presaleEnjoy!

Did you miss anything? here are the links for today’s festivities:

Here are the festivities that are scheduled: Eastern time zone

8:00–10:00   Short fiction read + choose the ending challenge for a prize (full set of 31 days bookmarks)

10:00–12:00       Coloring Challenge – download and color the page created just for this event. Upload your picture to the events facebook page, or share on pinterest twitter, and Instagram using #31daysofcoloringHOPE. Then leave a comment letting me know. Every participant will receive a downloadable bookmark of their choice to color

12:00–2:00        Purchase the pdf download of the book ($4.99) and receive a free laminated and colored in bookmark (colored by the author). Every purchase is a winner! Bookmark of your choice-

2:00-4:00           Inktense tutorial and purchase perk – come and see how these amazing watercolor pencils work.  You will love the vibrancy with which they shade in your drawings. Use of a blender pen will also be discussed in this short video tutorial. The purchase perk for this block of time is a free limited edition print with any purchase. Choose from a physical book, the pdf download or the 31 days of bookmarks.

4:00-6:00          Buy 1 get 1 free!  Buy a 31 Days coloring book and receive a second free to give away to a friend. That is what it is all about, encouraging others to find HOPE.

6:00-8:00          $5 book sale – For these two hours only I will be offering 3 Days of Coloring HOPE for only $5 plus shipping ($2.60) This is $3.99 off of the list price. Order here on my website, or on the Amazon page here: 31DAYS

All-Day         Leave a comment, share a post, invite a friend to the party and you will be entered for a free copy of 31 Days of Coloring HOPE.


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