Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Favorite Brands of Watercolor Pencils


In about 24 hours my "Watercolor Pencils" online class goes live. Many people have been signed up for months.  This is a huge class and preparation has kept me buried since before summer.  I'm so excited that it is finally upon us and can't wait to get started.

I get asked a lot about my favorite brands of water soluble colored pencil, and I have to be honest, I have two favorites...for different reasons.


Firstly, I love the Faber-Castell Albrech Durer Watercolor Pencils.  They are creamy and vibrant and are the only water color pencil on the market where the pencil line completely disappears when diluted.

These pencils are always reliable and work so well in a mixed media setting as well.  I love them because I also love to use regular colored pencil with them and they have an exact color match to the Faber-Castell Polychromos.  This means that the color tones are always reliable, no matter which pencil you are using.


My other favorite is the Derwent Inktense Water Soluble Ink Pencils.  And although they are not considered 'real' watercolor pencils by some purists, they behave in exactly the same way.  The main difference being that as soon as you touch water to the pencil stroke, it dilutes and becomes permanent.  This makes it hard to scrub or lift the color once it is dry. 

But the Derwent pencils are vibrant and translucent and the color is light fast.

I use both sets throughout my upcoming class.  If you'd like to join in the fun, there's still time.  

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by. xx