If you’re a little insecure about working with watercolor paint, but you enjoy natural subjects as I do, then watercolor pencils may be a medium to consider.
These Graphitint pencils by Derwent, swatched out on the sheet above, were on my Christmas list last year. This YouTube video by The Mind of Watercolor (great channel, by the way) sold me on these pencils. The full set contains 24 pencils, but they also come in a starter set of 12, which are the colors in the top half of the photo. Each pencil is water soluble, and contains a bit of graphite in addition to the watercolor pigments, lending an organic feeling to your work. Watercolor pencils were the first artist quality supplies I purchased nearly two years ago, because they gave me a feeling of security and control as a watercolor beginner. Sharing in case this may help someone else out there, too!
I began with a quick sketch of my bird, using only three colors from the set: Warm Grey, Midnight Black and Chestnut. Then I dampened a small watercolor brush, and liquified the color. You’ll see the color becomes more vibrant after water is added, even though the painting in the photo below is fully dry. As a beginner unused to mixing my own colors, watercolor pencils made it easier for me to gradually slip into the world of watercolor. Thank you, Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd, for another wonderful image of a tufted titmouse that helped me big time with my little sketch last night. 🙂
Blick is offering free shipping on orders of $35 or more through Friday of this week, which saves you $4.95, their flat rate shipping charge. The set of 12 Graphitint pencils is priced at about $16.50 at Blick, the full set, under $38. A sweet deal, as these pencils will probably last me at least 10 years or so, probably more! (Note: As a Blick affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.) Are you gearing up for World Watercolor Month yet? Can you believe it starts on Friday?! Followed by a loooong holiday weekend in the States! So exciting! I may review the Derwent Inktense line of water soluble pencils tomorrow. The colors in that set are really bright and vibrant, and have some unique properties I think you’ll be glad to hear about, too! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday, and that you do something special for yourself today. You deserve it! Peace.