A Work in progress

Here’s a new piece I’m working on 8 x 11″ Faber Castell watercolor pencils – apologies for the poor photo – I took it with my phone..



13 thoughts on “A Work in progress

  1. OH and I’m thinking about buying a full set of those WC pencils. Is it true that they’re permanent once dry? I thought only the Inktense by Derwent were like this. (Oh my goodness, I need an intervention program to stop buying art supplies. I use them daily, mind, but still…..lol)


    • Yep! They’re a great product – I lifted this from the New Zealand Faber Castell site .. though the international / US sites are better…
      Albrecht Dรผrer artistsโ€˜ watercolour pencils

      Albrecht Dรผrer artists’ watercolour pencils provide artists with great versatility of expression when drawing, shading and painting in watercolours. High-quality materials combined with Faber-Castell’s experience have resulted in pencils that produce unsurpassed watercolour effects. The coloured surface can be transformed with only a few fine or broad brushstrokes to reveal the full and unique power of the colours. Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved, and will then behave in the same way as classic watercolour paints: The paint becomes permanent when dry, enabling other layers of colour to be superimposed without causing it to dissolve again. For this reason, many watercolour artists choose to use the pencils for the fine details in their watercolour paintings, as well as for watercolour sketches while travelling.

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      • I AM hooked! LOL! I have both full sets and love each equally! also if you didn’t know already you can purchase the pencils singly/separately so you can just get what you need if that’s what you want to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I understand the addiction totally. One question though – do you ever have issues with a grainy texture that doesn’t completely liquefy, depending on the paper you use? This is what frustrates me about the Derwent WC pencils I already own.

        That, and the fact that painting layers on top of a dry painting usually moves the paint underneath.

        I talked to my husband last night and he doesn’t share my Faber-Castell addiction, lol, so I’m trying to really decide if it really makes sense to buy another set of WC pencils. I want to be able to use them on fabric too (in art quilts), and I know the Inktense will be permanent on fabric once dry, not sure about these. Sorry for all the pestering! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • No problem re pestering.. I am very happy to share what I know.. so we’ll go through your questions..

        I haven’t really experienced any kind of grain though the less water you use the more the original dry strokes show through.. but I haven’t been able to get a particularly smooth appearance like you can with regular watercolor but I quite like the uneven textures you get.. if you look closely at the “foliage” portions of my latest piece..

        They are supposed to be permanent when dry however I know that not to be strictly true… I have been able to mildly disturb color… you might need to experiment a bit

        Before you buy a full set I’d suggest buying either a small set or just a few single colors and experiment with those and see if they work the way you’d like them.. I have seen no reference to Durers being good on fabric… I KNOW the inktense do work on fabric… In that regard Inktense might be a better fit for you… have a nose around on youtube there are plenty of videos for both brands/kinds… I hope that helps.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • It does help, thank you. I recently ordered just one Durer pencil from Dick Blick online and the package came today. So excited to open it, and try that pencil out tonight. Thanks again for that very detailed explanation. And thanks for the follow also. I’m so glad I’ll get to see your future work in the blogosphere. ๐Ÿ™‚


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