In yesterday’s post, we took a look at Derwent’s Graphitint line of water soluble pencils, which is ideal for subjects in the natural world, because water-soluble graphite is included along with colored pigment in every pencil. Welcome to Inktense, Derwent’s vibrant line of water soluble ink in pencil form! Thanks once again to Kathy at Backyard Bird Nerd, for her lovely bluebird image that allowed me to sketch this beauty’s head closeup, using only three colors from the set!
I find watercolor pencils a quick, fun, and easily portable way to enjoy art anywhere. Simply sketch your subject as you would with a pencil, liquefy with a brush, and you can be on your way in no time. Pigment lifts much like watercolor, with a dry brush or a bit of paper towel. The interesting thing about Inktense pencils is that they are made with water-soluble ink. This means that once they are liquified and have dried, they are now permanent on your surface. So if you’d like to layer on top of them with more Inktense or, for that matter, any other medium, the underlying layer will not move on you. This is a nice bonus when you’re used to working with watercolor!
For a better buy per pencil, the sets start at 6 to a pack and go all the way up to the full range of 72 pencils. They are also available open stock, so if you’d like to try them without buying a whole set, browse my color charts for colors that look good to you and build your own set with singles! The best per unit deal of all of the sets at Blick right now is the set of 24 for about $26. The colors are very vibrant, so a little goes a long way!
These pencils work well with so many different kinds of subjects, and I find the ink in these is often more vibrant than watercolor paint. They are also a lot of fun to use in mixed media work, art journaling, etc. They also come in block form, and are ideal if you’d like to color fabric, or if you need to cover large areas quickly. The blocks are also great for mixed media work, and come in roughly the same color range. (There are a few small differences.) Are we getting ready for World Watercolor Month? I’m starting to get pretty excited! I hope you are too! I would love to encourage anyone and everyone to come and join us. Remember, for less than $20, you can pick up a watercolor journal and a small watercolor palette box, which includes paint and a brush, and three mixing wells too! It does not have to be expensive or complicated to have fun and to sketch in color. Check out Monday’s post for details! (Note: As a Blick affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.)
Can anyone smell a barbecue?? I can hear the band starting to warm up for a lovely Fourth of July weekend and weenie roast! Who’s with me? Peace and paint puddles to all!