I was very kindly sent these watercolour pencils by Bluboon for review purposes. I have been experimenting with them for a week now.
They arrived in a nice colourful box and they all slide out nice and neatly.
You get 36 different coloured pencils and a paint brush plus a sharpener. Each pencil is numbered and printed on one side. They are hexagonal for an easy grip and are just under 7 inches long.
Before I go any further you really do need watercolour paper to use these to their full capacity and get the most from them. Something such as thisRoyal & Langnickel Watercolour Artist Pads
These are really nice well made pencils. The leads are vibrant and appear to contain plenty of pigment.
So how do you use them?
These are water soluble so you can use them as a straight forward colouring pencil but using these with water - you now have watercolour paint! There's a few ways to use these to get a watercolour effect.
- Use the pencils as normal and sketch or colour. Now take the paintbrush and dip into water then shake the excess off and brush stroke over and across your pencil marks. This will turn the pencil into a wash. The more pencil you use - the deeper the colour - the less you use the more faint it will be.
- Alternatively you can dip the brush into water and brush over the pencil tip - picking the colour up onto the brush - then use this to paint onto your medium be it paper or colouring book.
- You can put a clear water wash onto the paper first and then use the pencils and brush together but this method does produce a heavy mark that cannot be easily blended with water but can come in handy nevertheless.
How did they do?
Not bad at all.Not as good as a Derwent but for the price this is a good place to start without splashing out loads of cash!
These watercolour pencils are really versitle and a talented artist can produce some amazing artworks with these using all the above techniques. Somebody like myself who has dabbled in watercolours over the years will get a lot of enjoyment - experimentation - and pleasure out of these pencils.
I will definitely upload a few more photos to show you a little something I am working on over the next week or so.
If you're interested in giving watercolour pencils a go - then these are as good a place to start as any for me. It's all trial and error plus there's loads of stuff on the good old internet to get some tips and pointers on how to get started.