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Derwent Inktense Blocks bring a new sense of freedom to the drawing and painting experience. They are watersoluble ink blocks that can be used dry or wet.
Dry, they deliver pure, vibrant color. When wet, they create a translucent ink-like paint that can be worked over when dry.
Their chunky shape makes them extremely versatile. Use them dry to apply fine lines or broad strokes directly to the paper. Wet, they can be used like pans of paint, dipped in water to apply color directly to the paper, or applied to wet paper for instant, intense color.
Inktense Blocks are ideal for loose, expressive landscapes and colorful still life paintings. They can also be used for rubber stamping, decoupage, or on fabric to create stunning silk paintings and quilts. They also combine beautifully with Derwent Inktense Pencils.
Set of 12
This set of 12 Derwent Inktense Blocks includes one each of the colors Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Fuchsia, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Apple Green, Leaf Green, Baked Earth, Bark, and Ink Black.
Set of 24
This set of 24 Derwent Inktense Blocks includes one each of the colors Sherbet Lemon, Sun Yellow, Tangerine, Poppy Red, Chilli Red, Shiraz, Fuchsia, Violet, Iris Blue, Bright Blue, Deep Indigo, Sea Blue, Teal Green, Ionian Green, Apple Green, Field Green, Leaf Green, Mustard, Baked Earth, Willow, Bark, Charcoal Grey, Ink Black, and Antique White.
Set of 36
This set of 36 Derwent Inktense Blocks includes all of the colors in the Set of 24, plus 12 new colors, including Sienna Gold, Red Violet, Cherry, Mauve, Peacock Blue, Iron Blue, Turquoise, Iron Green, Felt Green, Tan, Saddle Brown, and Indian Ink. The tin also includes a mixing pallet built into the tray.
Set of 72
This set of 72 Derwent Inktense Blocks includes all of the colors in the Set of 24, plus 48 new colors, including Cadmium Yellow, Sicilian Yellow, Golden Yellow, Sienna Gold, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Orange, Mid Vermillion, Scarlet Pink, Hot Red, Cherry, Carmine Pink, Crimson, Red Violet, Deep Rose, Thistle, Dusky Purple, Mauve, Dark Purple, Deep Violet, Lagoon, Peacock Blue, Navy Blue, Iron Blue, Deep Blue, Dark Aquamarine, Turquoise, Green Aquamarine, Mallard Green, Iron Green, Vivid Green, Beech Green, Hooker's Green, Felt Green, Light Olive, Spring Green, Fern, Amber, Tan, Oak, Saddle Brown, Red Oxide, Madder Brown, Dark Chocolate, Sepia Ink, Indian Ink, Chinese Ink, Payne's Grey, and Neutral Grey.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Derwent products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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By Snoodle Doodle
from Amelia Island, FL
Comments about Derwent Inktense Blocks:
Where have these color blocks been all my life! I am soooo glad I finally found a medium that works as easy as a watercolor but as smooth, silky and permanent as an oil or acrylic base product. Super Duper results come my way using these blocks. I have had no trouble using them with a wash, glaze, or even dry brush methods. I mixed them with markers, watercolors, Polychromos, and Luminous pencils and had great results with them all. The only thing that could improve these blocks would be.... packaging them in a better protected case. Out of the 36 color blocks and the additional 19 blocks I ordered a third of them were broken after shipment. Not the end of the world but may be a real problen if you want to use the stick itself to block in color directly on silk or paper. Hopefully the manufacturers will get more feed back on this problem. I had a total of 4 shipments and with each shipment there was always breakage. The individual blocks were extremely brittle and when removed from the loose sponge casing they just fell appart. An example, I orderded 3 white and 2 more ink black and they were all broken. Would love to find a solution to this problem soon before I need to order more.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Derwent Inktense blocks
from Sun city AZ
I appreciate that you can layer the inks. You can add a light color, let it dry, and then add darker shades on top. The colors will not blend or get muddy. Much like water colors but the vibrancy is much greater.
By Sally the Beach Walker
from Northwestern Lower Michigan
I used these blocks to create an art quilt working on solid white quilting fabric. Love the rich, brilliant colors and the intensity gained when wet. The ability to heat set color is perfect. That said, it was VERY difficult to quilt through and made a huge mess in my long arm quilting machine.
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Inktense Blocks on White Cotton
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Love the intensity of the colors that can be obtained using these! Endless possibilities and flexibility to vary color.
Outstanding service and product
By LAD Studio
from Port Angeles, WA
I received my Inktense block set and found out that the set packaged in the factory had two of the same green colors which meant I was missing one color. I contacted Dick Blick's customer service and I was able to get the omitted color and am floored by the speed they delivered one little color block to me. The product is amazing in itself since Derwent is exploring this new medium. Since this is for concept art, I'm not concerned too much about light fast properties and would recommend this product to others. I don't have access to these kind of products let alone the service I received from Dick Blick due to my location. The only brick and mortar store near me doesn't carry much more than scrap booking supplies.I also received the Inktense Pencil set and am looking forward to getting a lot of designs finished. If you don't want to mess with markers but want the portability and saturated hues then these are a great product to experiment with!
Although the blocks came to me broken, good quality.
By dwizard4 or Chuck
from Portland, Oregon.
Derwent Inktense blocks are unique in many ways that I find most advantageous. The are dense in bright pigment and fix once applied in a way like know other except ink. This can be a two edged sword for a water colorist that is accustomed to moving pigments once dried. With the Inktense, it doesn't happen.
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Derwent Inktense Blocks
from E. Greenbush, NY
I really like the Derwent Inktense Blocks with their vivid colors wet or dry. I've used them with aqua brushes on paper. I've used a scraper and mixed colors on a palette. The mix were pleasing colors and completely dissove without graininess. I bought them to enhance textile art for Art Quilts. I found great tips on UTUBE using Inktense blocks and can't wait to try it creating my own sky and water fabric and florals. I also bought extra color blocks that fulfill my color dreams. The full list of colors with color dots indicating which color set they come in is soooo very helpful making it easy to add or replace blocks or to avoid duplicating colors.
Strongly recommend these...
from Viroqua, WI
These have taken some getting used to, but I have been finding them to be useful in a variety of ways. I enjoy using them to color in line drawings I've done with micron pens. They can be used to draw with, though they are chunky. Once drawn they can be wetted and spread, though the drawn line stays put, does not completely wash away. You can easily create new colors by shaving different ones into the little dishes in the tray they come in and adding water.I have been a big fan of various brands of markers for years and these are beginning to take their place. There is also something inherently fun about them that I have no rational justification for.
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Sail Beyond Your Blues
from Oklahoma City
I love these ink blocks. Like watercolor, only better. I especially love that I can get them open stock here so I can get the colors I want without having to buy the whole set again.
Fabulous way to travel with high pigment watercolor!
By Blithe Spirit
from Camarillo, CA
The pigment is IN-tense. The blocks can be used as water soluble crayons, but I just met an artist specializing in travel journals who keeps the blocks in their cradles (their case) and uses them with water and brush for her travel/plein aire palette.....Pan convenient without sacrificing pigment intensity. What fun!
Derwent blocks are great to work with, though you may find that your fingers can pick up the graphite or colored pigment. And no one wants accidental smudges on their artwork. The solution is Derwent Block Grippers! The Grippers are a soft rubber that slide onto the block which makes for comfortable handling and clean hands. The Grippers fit on all Derwent blocks including graphite, charcoal, pastel and Inktense.
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