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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.


friday: fiction in fifteen ~ “hope feels”

hope feels “Hope sees the Invisible, Feels the Intangible, and achieves the Impossible.”

a great big thank you to paul militaru who takes such wonderful and inspiring pictures! Check out his site at the link above!

So – five minutes is just not long enough to write a creative short piece of fiction….for me anyway! I just love to create short pieces based on pictures; to contemplate what is going on between the lines. I would love to see what you have written during our friday ficiton segments.  Send me a message or post it in the comments..  Write for 5 or 15 – your choice! the point is to keep inspired and writing! Here is my story:

“Hope Feels”

by: lisa evola

I looked through the frost etched window at the shivering bird perched upon the ledge of my prison.

My prison. One of my own making really. I had been given choices. Choices to do the right thing, to admit my error and therefore join with the rest of the group in what they considered playful respite. I didn’t want it; the playfulness. I preferred instead to wallow in my misfortune, to breathe the frigid air of separation and guilt. I chose to sit, exposed and trembling, much like the sparrow outside the window now.

Like me, he has lost hope. He is unable to see the possibility of shelter all around him.  Shelter that would certainly thaw the blood slowing in his veins, that which would save the life so precariously balanced on that ledge. Life has a way of doing that; driving hope from an open wound in the heart. And so I close it up tight, so that not even a fractured ray can penetrate it. Then sit staring out, blinded to the light reflected there, the light that could achieve the impossible. Seeing only what my stony heart sees, which is but cold, icy frost covering all that I had once known as good.

I see the shivering sparrow. I see it still; its downy feathers puffed out to the elements, protectively encompassing his soon to be stony heart. Like mine. And a single tear runs down my cheek, the first in months. The tear clears a path through the skin, washing away the smudges left by careless word and deed. And a trail of heat is left, warming what is beneath. I touch my finger carefully to the tear, and as I pull it away from my face, more come. At first just a few, but then a river flows, ever widening the chasm. It washes my face, my heart – my soul. And as the tears soundlessly pour, I crank open the casement and reach for the tiny frozen sparrow. He does not resist my warm hands, but sits shaking intermittently in them.

Tucking him inside the opening of my sweatshirt, I coo, tears still falling. Falling from me to the bird at my breast, each drop causing him to flinch, then still again. Then he sees it, as I do too. The invisible. The intangible. The tears that would achieve the impossible.

To feel again.