Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tsukineko Inks Workshop

The second workshop in Atlanta was on using Tsukineko Inks, we worked through several techniques using the fantastic applicator pens and also using paint brushes with time spent gradating and blending colors smoothly.

It is always interesting seeing people go through that learning curve from mild frustration to amazement once they have a few tips and techniques under their belt.

The images on the right are some of my demos and examples I did during the class.

Be sure to visit Fiber on a Whim and Carol Sloan for more great workshop photos.


  1. Wow the progress they were able to make in the 2 days...envy green over here.

  2. Anonymous10:19 PM

    I would have loved to take that class, I have been working with Tsukineko inks for years but can't get them to shade to more soft, lighter gradation values. Do you have a tutorial on your techniques? Would love some advice on using them? Love your work..Catherine

  3. Thanks Katherine, sorry I don't have a tutorial on them.

  4. Anonymous9:06 AM

    Thanks for posting these pics. I bought some Tsukineko inks and used them to dye a couple small pieces of fabric because I wasn't successful coloring in a few figures that I drew. The colors would run outside the area. I confess, however, that I didn't spend a lot of time trying to master it. I usually go for instant gratification and when I didn't get it, I moved on. That being said, I am ready to be more patient because I really, really like these inks and want to be successful using them. Will you be at the International Quilt Fest in Houston, and if so, will you be teaching a class on it?

  5. Hi Donna, I won't be this year, but I have been asked to teach 2009. IQA chooses the classes from your proposals, so I won't have ultimate control over which ones get picked.

    There are a few artists who have made dvd's using the inks, I haven't seen them so I can't tell you what they are like, but you might try that if you can't find a class offered near you in the mean time.

  6. Judy,

    When are you going to teach in California?

    Please put me on your wait list for your next online class! Thanks.

    Jennifer Stahl
    Carlsbad, CA

  7. jennifer send me an email so I can have your email address. I will notify the people on the list first.

    my email address is in my profile, if you do not see my sidebar with it, scroll all the way over to the right on your browser window.


  8. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Hi, Jane,
    I noticed in the photos that some students used the white nibbed marker like tools for applying color and other students appeared to be using paint brushes. Do you use both in your work/teaching or do you have a preference for either tool?


  9. Paula, In my class I teach two methods for using the inks. One is a dry brush method using the white foam applicators and a wet brush method using paint brushes and aloe vera gel. I actually like using both techniques because they give a slightly different look to the painted fabric. I have noticed people often prefer one method over the other once they have tried both.


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