Saturday, December 20, 2008

Oh Boy! New Watercolor Pencils!

I decided to treat myself to a set of 12 Finest Artists' Quality watercolor pencils by Faber-Castell called Albrecht Durer (there are two dots over the u in Durer). The pesky little tin of 12 was on the expensive side....$24.00. I probably could have picked them up, at a better price on line but, I also wanted to support a new local art store "Coastal Art Supply" in Beaufort. I love not having to travel to Savannah just to go to a legitimate art store (vs. Michaels). I always get lost in Savannah..... but, that's another story.

Upon opening the set, I was immediately disappointed as it included a white pencil. Useless, as far as I'm concerned. I'd really rather have had another color like their # 123 fuchsia, so I could match the color of Beauty Berries :)

The colors: Cadmium Yellow, Dark Cadmium Orange, Deep Scarlet Red, Magenta, Light Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Emerald Green, Light Green, Burnt Ochre, Walnut Brown and Black are a lot different than the colors in the Derwent 12 pack. Hmmmmm, let's take these colors out for a spin and see why they were selected for this 12 pack!

WOW! Look at all the color combinations that are available!! And, the purples! I'm in love!

The pencils have a buttery feel when applying the color to my sketch pad. The lead seems to be much softer than the Derwents. I think I'll expose more lead with my jack knife versus using my little sharpener. I tried that with the Derwents but the leads kept braking off when I applied any pressure. I don't think that will happen with these. Can't wait to take them out in the field and really put them to work!


  1. Pam, you are a wealth of information! I like it! Nice knowing a location close-by to purchase materials. Guess what! Santa bought me a DSLR for Christmas ... tra la la la la ... Canon EOS D40. What's a girl to do? YIKES! A new camera to LEARN (total newbie), along with your teasing/creating an interest/"moi" for watercolor journaling! The New Year is looking promising! I love the colors in your new pack! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, HAPPY JOURNALING!, and Happy New Year! Carla :)

  2. Woo Hoo! Great present! Good luck learning all the features. I'm so glad digital cameras come with 'auto' functions. I don't use mine enough to remember all the options :)

    Have a great, Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! Safe travels to see family. Glad you could make it back to the states for the holidays!!

  3. Hi Pam,

    I'm eagerly awaiting Christmas to see if I got the watercolor pencil set that I asked for. I've been using five Durer pencils but asked for a Derwent set based on the recommendation of someone at local art store. So soon I'll be able to compare then as well.

    Given that many people need gifts in the many hundreds of dollars range to make them happy I guess we artists should be happy when we can get excited about something as inexpensive as pencils!

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Great to hear from you, Ken! I've used both the 12 pack and a set of 36 Derwent wc pencils for years and have been very happy with their quality. I've heard one complaint from a traditional watercolorist - sometimes the color names on the pencils don't match the same name on the paints she uses.

    I think that if a person takes whatever watercolor pencils they are using and treat them as a unique tool and not cling to other mediums, all that try wc pencils will be very happy! They open up the wonderful world of water media to those that have been disappointed/ frustrated with tube paints.

    Have happy and safe holidays!