The Beauty of Watercolour, The Precision of Pencil
Derwent, with over 180-years pencil making experience, has constantly been at the forefront of developing quality, distinct fine art materials. The Derwent Watercolour range of watersoluble sticks within a wood-cased pencil, offer versatility for bright colours and good wash effects.
Less Mess But Good Wash Effects
The Derwent watercolour pencils eliminate the mess traditional painting blocks create. When mixed with water they create a wide range of interesting colour flows yet aren't as bright as the Inktense range, making them ideal for more subtle paintings. They can be used wet or dry, on wet or dry paper, to achieve a wide variety of effects, including bright colours with soft edges when used on wet paper or rich, textured lines from a wetted pencil tip. Unlike Inktense, Watercolour is not permanent therefore colour can be re-wet and moved around the page as necessary.
High-Quality Blendable Colour
The range can be used dry as traditional colouring pencils offering high-quality colour pigments allowing for intense colour to be created. The pencils are soft in texture therefore easy to layer and blend allowing for interesting colour build up and a wide spectrum of different tones and tints to be created.
Softer Formulation for Easier Colour Transfer
This is the full range of 72 watercolour pencil colours and is set in a metal tin with a removable lid and individual pencil 'slots', meaning pencils can easily be stored and protected. Set in a hexagonal barrel for greater control the colour dipped ends offer easy colour identification. The high-quality watersoluble pencils come complete with a softer formulation meaning the pigment transfers to the paper quicker and easier creating a wide range of exciting effects from bold, vibrant images to delicate watercolour washes.
The watercolour artist pencils work well with the Derwent range of brushes. The Derwent Waterbrush set, with three tip sizes and water barrel with constant flow valve, allow for the wash effects to be brought through. The technique brush set, developed to produce different painting marks, allows for greater creative possibilities. The Derwent Watercolour pads, designed for use with watersoluble media, are ideal for creating and storing work.
A History of Derwent
- 1500s - Graphite found in Borrowdale in the Lake District
- 1832 - First recorded factory manufacturing pencils in Keswick, Cumbria
- 1941 - Secret wartime pencil produced for aircrew in bomber command, world war II
- 1981 - The Cumberland Pencil Museum opens in Keswick, Cumbria
- 1982 - Derwent pencils used to create the animation in the film 'The Snowman'
- 2008 - The company moves to a purpose built factory in Workington, Cumbria opened by HM The Queen