I’ve recently taken an interest in sketching freehand on canvas as an additional medium for my fabric art. At first, I resorted to using a laundry marker, which is designed to stay on after many washings. I found the Pilot Laundry-Tec pen for NZ$5.50 at Stationary World Direct, but the nib wasn’t as fine as I wanted it to be. Still, pretty decent for drawings that don’t require intricate details on small areas. After Googling for fabric pens, I came up with no suppliers in Auckland. So I ordered Pentel’s Gel Roller Fabric pens (about US$30 for 12 pens) from Amazon (upon the recommendation of one blogger).
The results: The roller tip of the Pentel Gel Roller Fabric Pen glided on the fabric (just make sure to press it well with a steam iron before you draw on it). But for me, perhaps because I have a light hand, I had to do two layers of lines to get a darker imprint. I enjoyed creating curls and patterns, which the pen seems born to do (I practiced doing Zentangle-inspired designs with this pen, and it was so easy!). And true to the promise, the ink dried quite easily so smudging wasn’t a problem. It was so easy to use, I kept going. Check out Dyesebel, the curly-haired mermaid; Bird with a crown; and the Korean-Japanese girl. Next time, I will plan better (these artworks were purely unplanned, on-the-spot creations because I was just so excited to draw).
The Little Flower Girl was sketched with acid-free Fabrico dual tip pen (NZ$5.90) from Craftables, Unit 9/36 William Pickering Drive, Albany, Auckland. The result was thicker lines – a great tool for sketching cartoon-y images. I am thinking it will work better on cotton (I used it on canvas). Well, I will practice more and find out.