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One of the greatest things about traveling to quilts shows, especially in different parts of the country, is the opportunity to find something new to play with. We really enjoyed the NQA Annual Show in Columbus last month. The quilts were outstanding, the venue was very convenient, I saw many old friends, we had some great meals, etc.

But the most fun was discovering Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils at an art quilter’s booth. These are colored pencils that can essentially be turned into a permanent fabric dye just by getting the color wet and blotting it. One of the things we have in the booth to illustrate the possibilities of printing photos on fabric is an old black and white photo of Marv’s Mom, taken when she was a young woman. I purchased a small set of the pencils and tried them out on the photo. I thought the results were pretty amazing. Marv did too, he said the hair color was exactly right!

Helen Spears

Helen Spears

Derwent Inktense pencils

Derwent Inktense pencils

I’m thinking that not only are these pencils great for old photos, but also for photos that didn’t come out as bright as I’d like. I’m going to have to go through my box of rejects and find some to play with. (Of course, you can’t actually lighten a color, but you can increase the contrast by darkening it.) I’ll let you know how it goes.

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