What are watercolor pencils?

which-best-water-color-pencwatercolor pencils as the name suggests are pencils with a watercocolor ‘lead’ which can be dissolved in water in exactly the same way as conventional watercolor paints. The added advantage with watercolor pencils is that you can draw and paint when water is added making them a much more versatile and useful way to add color to an illustration. You can either draw direct to the paper with the dry tip of the Pencil and then add water or add water to the tip for a deeper color.

Watercolor pencils are really simple to use and don’t cost a huge amount of money when you consider the price of each individual pencil. They are easily stored and have the edge over conventional watercolor paints in tubes or blocks as they don’t create a mess to clear up later.

watercolor-pencilsUnlike graphite pencils they are not graded in scales of softness to hardness (9B soft to 9H hard). However there are considerable variations between brands in softness, wood quality and vibrancy of color. These factors need to be considered so that you have the best pencils at your disposal. The general rule of thumb is that the softer the ‘lead’ the easier it is to apply color to the work surface. Poor wood quality produces splintering when sharpening the pencils and vibrancy and quality of color is key to a fine finish on your artwork.

I have tried many different brands and it still amazes me how much variation there is. I am recommending the following brands as I have found them to be what I consider the best  available watercolor pencil sets on the market. They are also very highly rated by other customers on Amazon which demonstrates that they are quality products that are well worth having in your artists toolkit:

Derwent Inktense 12 also available in larger sets i click image to see latest price on Amazon

Derwent Inktense 12 also available in larger sets –  See latest price on Amazon  click here…

 

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Faber Castel Art Grip – 24 Set. For the latest price on Amazon – click here…

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Faber Castel Watercolor pencil set (60 pencils) – For the latest price on Amazon click here…

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Caran Dache water soluble pencils set of 40 – See the latest price on Amazon – Click Here…

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Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils 36 Set of pencils – See the latest price on Amazon – Click Here…

which-best-water-color-pencIf you would like to see my full review on these five outstanding  and top rated watercolor pencil sets click through here…