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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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Like painting with crumbling dirt sticks
from Pahoa, Hawaii
Comments about Derwent Inktense Blocks:
I decided to try out a few neutrals and browns and they were horrible! The sticks were dry, gritty, crumbly, powdery and they broke in pieces right away. The browns (Baked Earth and Saddle Brown) were the worst and each contained visible dark grit and left muddy sediment behind even when lots of water was applied. The dirt-like grit is apparently small, undissolved pigment particles that can continue to smudge and smear whenever water is later applied to a dried area. I did not try the bright colors which people do seem to like, but I think that I'll stick with my Neocolor II crayons instead.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Quilting with Inktense
By Quilt Diva #6
I had a set of Inktense colored pencils and loved how they worked on fabric (color the chosen area then "paint" over it with fabric medium to release the vibrant color and make the ink permanent). Got Inktense blocks from this site to use on larger areas. Wish I knew about Blick for pencils since the blocks were much more reasonably priced! The colors are AMAZING! Wish I had gotten the larger set now! This quilt block is going to be beautiful.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Indianapolis, IN
As a fiber artist I am always looking for more ways to exercise my obsession! Once I have an idea I have very little patience in waiting for supplies. My 'go to' is Blick! No exaggerated shipping charges, fast delivery. I am never disappointed at the service or quality of products I order. I teach, I am very comfortable recommending Blick to my students based on my personal experience.
I would buy this product again and again.
By Arty Nanny
from Philadelphia, PA
The colors are intense. The blocks are easy to work with. The results are amazing.
Derwent shorted me.
I really like the bright colors but be aware that Derwent shorted me 3 colors. Willow,charcoal grey and bright blue. I'm not going to send it back cause I find it a hassle.
Derwent doesn't give you what you bought!
from Columbia, Tennessee
This is a very nice product with great colors that stand out! I love it! My only real complaint is that Derwent shorted me 3 colors in my set of 24. This has not made me happy at All! I was missing willow 1900, charcoal grey 2100 and bright blue 1000.I am not sending them back because it is a hassle. If anyone cares to make it right they will!
A different kind of watercolor
from Norfolk, VA
Inktense pencils and blocks are fantastic. The colors are so vivid! I use the blocks like watercolor cakes to paint backgrounds and large areas in my mixed media projects and art journal. I love that once the area is dry, it's permanent and I can continue to layer over top of it.
By nicky nickname
I used these sticks to create a pastel underpainting & I really liked them. I may try small works using just the sticks by themselves. A light application followed by brushing on water creates a light wash. Thicker application followed with water gives you a really dark, ink-like effect. I'm really getting into 'notan' effects for my pastels & these ink sticks are great for that. They help me get VERY dark darks, something that can be hard to achieve. With these sticks, there is no question--it is DARK.
Just what I've been looking for!
These Inktense blocks are great. I use a water brush to wet the block and then apply color and I can get color on my sketch without carrying extra water and watercolor brushes. All I need is a taped piece of watercolor paper, a few blocks and my water brush and I am good to go..Plein air here I come!!
Great fun. No mess...
from Eastern shore of VA
I use with water pens - aqua floor. Great for art journaling. Like the idea so much, I gave both as a gift to a painting pal
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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