|Item Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.9 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches|
|Item model number||2301842|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||2301842|
Derwent Coloured Pencils, Inktense Ink Pencils, Drawing, Art, Metal Tin, 36 Count (2301842)
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- VIBRANT SHADES – The round 4mm soft lead core is perfect for bold expressive drawings. The highly pigmented colour is easy to apply and produces a vibrant finish. Includes a range of 36 colours.
- WATER SOLUBLE – Expand your creative possibilities. Water soluble pencils can be used dry for expressive drawings, or washed out with water to create a bright, yet translucent ink-like effect.
- PERMANENT COLOUR – Pigments dry quickly and permanently when washed out, minimizing colour bleeding. Once dry, colours can be placed next to each other or layered, without fear of colour bleeding.
- SURFACE VARIETY – Switch up your artistic canvas. As the colour dries permanently, it’s great on fabrics such as silk or cotton. Can also easily be used on paper. Modify the use to fit your project.
- COLOUR CREATION – Make custom shades by mixing colours together. You can also obtain lighter shades of the same colour by adding water. Mix colours to create a truly unique piece of art.
- ACCESSORIES – For best results, combine with other Derwent products, such as Derwent Waterbrush Set, Derwent Technique Brushes, Derwent Watercolour Paper Pads and Derwent Carry-All Canvas Bag.
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Derwent Inktense Pencils are perfect for illustrators, designers, and students. The round, 4mm soft lead core allows for a quick laydown of smooth colour, producing a vibrant finish for bold and expressive drawings. The water soluble pigments can be used for expressive drawings, or mixed with water to create a bright, yet translucent ink-like effect. As the pigment dries quickly, there’s no need to worry about colour bleeding. Perfect for colour layering. Plus, as the colours dry permanently, they are great on fabrics, such as silk or cotton. They can also easily be used on paper. Modify the use to fit your next project. You can create custom shades by mixing colours together, or obtain lighter shades of the same colour by adding water. Mix colours to create a truly unique piece of art. With a heritage dating to 1832, Derwent’s innovation comes from an understanding of artists. We’ve produced a range of quality art materials, many of which are made in our British manufacturing plant.
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I just picked up my first adult coloring book as a stress reducer/time waster that would have some sort of product to account for my (wasted) time. I can DO coloring, I just can’t draw anything that even remotely resembles the target object. I have now colored a sum total of TWO pages. The first was colored with Crayola colored pencils, which were cheap...and fine, but not very vivid, not all that blendable, and with not enough color variations to be really fun (the primary goal of this new hobby). I started the second page with some decades old colored pens missing half the pens (of course, the best colors were all dried up) and some of the Crayola pencils. At that point, I started a quest for better colored pencils. Almost all of the pencil reviews had the highest praise (vivid colors, good coverage) as well as the lowest praise (leads constantly breaking, leads off-centered, impossible to sharpen, etc.). After several days of near analysis paralysis, I finally settled on the Derwent Inktense collection of 72 pencils.
I was so excited I could barely stand the long wait for the package to arrive (a whole, like, five hours with Amazon Prime). I broke those puppies out long after my bed time and completed two or three flowers on my otherwise pretty dull 2nd coloring page. First impression? Well, not titillated, to be sure. Thought it might be the light, my old tired eyes, or maybe the wine....(no, not the wine...ok, maybe the wine). So, let's wait until morning. It was five minutes into my new day fresh perspective before I started drafting my first negative Amazon review in my head. The color was super waxy with spotty coverage, even with a heavy hand. Honestly, they felt like kindergarten crayons in a pencil barrel. For $70+ bucks??? Really??? The lead stood up to the pressure, which was a plus, but you could still see the white of the page under the ink. The pencil would not stay sharp for the fine lines and small spaces. Most colored pencils, except perhaps really soft ones, sort of self-sharpen just by shifting the angle of the lead. Not these. The colors seemed really vivid and blending them was “ok,” but I was so disappointed that the color didn't spread evenly and smoothly on the page. It was very blotchy. I sat back and thought about all of the five star reviews and wondered what in the hell all these people were thinking. Were they ALL paid reviews? Then, out of nowhere, DING, DING, DING…I remembered reading that these are WATER color pencils.
Not having any artist brushes whatsoever, I cleaned up a make-up brush (lol, yes, you heard right) to see what would happen to the ink from my crayon pencils when I added a bit of H20. It was a total freaking revelation. I am blown away. The color just jumped off the page. Blending was a dream, layering on different colors was a blast, and removing color was a miracle. Removing one color to lighten an area in order to add an (afterthought) brighter color was like too much to ask for. I AM SOLD. I have not colored in a coloring book since I was a child and I have never done a water color in my entire life. But, I may just spend the REST of my life using these pencils to make “art” that I will proudly hang on my refrigerator.
In terms of the pencil quality and packaging, there are 72 distinct colors, all with perfectly centered lead. They sharpen easily in a manual or electric sharpener. They do not erase easily (I imagine you can’t really erase a real watercolor). The pencils are very professional looking and have both color names and numbers so that you could really wear the pencil down to a tiny nub and still know which color it is to replace it. They are in two trays in a tin box. The lid doesn’t really fasten down on the tray, so you would have to carry and store it carefully or put a rubber band around it. I’ve added a few photos of the pencils, the lead, and my second colored page. The light pink and purple flowers are a mix of my previous pens/pencils. The tiny bell flowers are from a new set of colored pens that arrived the same day. The rest is the Derwent Inktense after adding water. Please remember, I am not an artist, I am a total noob to adult coloring books (and, btw, can we not think of a different name for this hobby so it doesn't sound x-rated??), and I was using one old make-up brush that kept splitting into a TRIDENT shape (now eagerly awaiting the arrival of real water color brushes). Regardless of my skill level, or lack thereof, I think the colors are brilliant and my own imagination is the only thing that will limit what I can do with all these colors and combinations of colors. Hallelujah! Maybe, I’ll stick with one hobby for a while (no guarantees!). Thank you to one of my last remaining brain cells for the reminder that these were actually water color pencils and to Derwent for creating this amazing product!
#1 The majority of the colors are very vivid once applied.
#2 The colors 'wet' vary dramatically from the dry color (Highly recommend creating a swatch page with these pencils to reference the colors)
#3 on watercolor and multimedia paper they seem to dry fast. I had read that they were colorfast once they dried, but I've found they still bleed slightly if they come in contact with water a second time.
#4 They blend easily. Easiest to blend by placing the colors you want on the paper dry then blend with your wet brush.
#5 They dry quickly so it seems to work best when you work in small sections versus trying to work a large area.
Next I made charts to show each pencil’s strokes in both dry and wet samples (thanks for the tip, Mary Ingold).
Some pencil points do not look like the color put on paper: Sherbet Lemon, Mustard, and Tan pencil points look green. Some dark pencil points, such as Sea Blue and Teal Green, are brilliant when wet. Charcoal Grey and Indian Ink are cooler than the warmer Ink Black.
For the charts, I cut out pages from a Pentalic hardbound Sketch Book, since the pages were white and smooth. The paper buckled, however, with the slightest addition of water. Using a Pentel Arts Aquash water brush, purchased on Amazon, I was careful to moisten rather than flood the pencil marks. The colors spread easily and smoothly. But use heavier paper than all-purpose sketchbooks for your artwork.
The black Outline pencil, which is not a watercolor pencil, won’t be affected by the addition of water. However, it can smear when coloring with other dry pencil marks around it (see the duck’s face in my picture). In small areas, it would be better to apply the color as a wash, rather than a dry pencil followed by a wet brush.
While trying to photograph the pencils with the charts, I had trouble with the round barrels causing the pencils to roll on the slightest incline of the surface. Finally, I put them on the carpet, which held them in place. A small washcloth or piece of fabric could help to prevent rolling and dropping of pencils.
These pencils offer the best of both worlds - the control of drawing, and painting without any mess or waste.
I’ll post my charts, although the colors may not be as brilliant in the photos, due to lighting.