Using Watercolour Pencils - Pencils4Artists

Watersoluble Pencils
Watercolour Pencils
watersoluble pencils, watersoluble crayons & watersoluble pigment sticks 
How To Use Watercolour Pencils?
  • Apply dry as you would any other coloured pencils then add water with a finger or brush to create many different effects.
  • Once your wash effect has dried you can apply more colour and detail with your pencils allowing you the options of controlled detail work as well as wash effects with a single products.
  • Of course you can also use them in combination with pen & ink or other permanent coloured pencils to add yet more possible effects.
  • So that you can use watersoluble and permanent pencils together many manufacturers tie their colour ranges in across several lines – you can find identical colours in water soluble and non water soluble ranges. Notably in
    • Derwent Watercolour (watersoluble) and Studio (permanent) ranges
    • Faber Castell Albrecht Durer (watersoluble) and Polychromos (permanent) ranges
    • Cretacolor Marino (watersoluble) and Karmina (permanent) ranges
    • Caran D'Ache Supracolor (watersoluble), Prismalo (watersoluble)  and Pablo (permanent) ranges.
  • Apply your initial colour with light strokes (hatching or criss crossing can be an advantage) then use a water colour brush to gently apply water.
  • You could also use a Derwent Spritzer to add a mist of water to create different effects.
  • Adding water will enable you to blend colours to create wash effects and soften and smooth storng lines.
  • Take time to practice this as too much water can spoil the look of your pencils and not enough will prevent good blending.
  • Use a sponge or a wet finger to make a broader, smudgier effect.
  • Try applying dry pencil to a wet page for a more defined effect and when layering dry colour on top of wet make sure the paper is dry to prevent damage.


As well as the standard Watercolour pencils there are other products on the market that will produce varied finishes and are great fun to experiment with.
  • The fabulous Derwent Inktense pencils & blocks give an ink like finish when wetted, vibrant and powerful colours.
  • Derwent Graphitint is a flat, almost graphite colour when dry but add a little water to bring out vibrant colour
  • The wonderful new Derwent Artbar, triangular bars of solid, creamy, highly pigmented water-soluble colour, use either wet or dry for fantastic effects. 
  • Incredibly tactile Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble wax crayon which is great for scraping techniques, add water to bring out all it's wonderful properties
  • Derwent Aquatone which are sticks of pure water-soluble pigments that allow for greater coverage when needed..