Inktense on Fabric


It is enriching in life to take time to muse.  Even a child can contemplate the wonders of the world around him or her.

After machine embroidering the outline, I painted the face and clothes with Derwent Inktense pencils.  My mind needed some time to consider the next step, so I put the portrait on the display wall.  'Hand embroidery', That's missing, I knew, so the embroidery was added.  Musing in the clouds, isn't that where our minds go.  The cloudy background completed the picture.



All is peace around, all is peace within.

This painting was first thread sketched with the sewing machine.  The painting is done using my favorite Derwent Inktense pencils and blocks.  I took the time to paint step by step.

Mystic walk


In our garden we have 'our corner' as we call it.  It's a rather small place from where we have an almost 360° view of the landscape around us.  That's where this little boy likes to spend time.  Discovering snails, bugs,  plants and flowers.  We look together at the beautiful sunrises and sunsets this spot offers us. A blessing to have this precious corner.

Here again, the figure is thread sketched on fabric and painted with 'Derwent Inktense' pencils.  The sweater needed hand embroidery, I thought.  To make the shoe stand out I pieced fabric on them.



The eyes reveal so much!  In this portrait I tried to capture the dreaming expression they reveal.



Floating in the air.  The face, the eyes all expresses the mindfulness in which even a child can be.

Small in a big world


Have you ever considered the fact that toddler view everything from a literal low point of view?  So often they have to look up to see what grown ups are doing.  This painting captured one such moment.

A gift for a grandma


This little boy saw his grandma the last time when he was only 9 months old.  Now the big day will soon arrive, 3 years later, when he will see her again.  I thought it to be a great idea to make a portrait, using Derwent Inktense, for her.  

Soft and tender


The pictures you chose for a portrait are so important.  As for me, I like to use Photo's which express feeling.  This little face breathes softness and tenderness.


The process


Before I can start painting with Derwent Inktense blocks, I thread sketch the painting on fabric, using free motion stitching.Inktense on Fabric

The result


This is the painted result.  The technique I use is to imply Derwent Inktense is first adding a lot of water, followed with painting using Derwent Inktense blocks. In this way I add layer upon layer of the paint.