How to get the most from your Art Accessories Part 2 June 16, 2010

There are an array of artists accessories available on the market today. Some of the newest and most innovative products have been developed by The Cumberland Pencil Company (more commonly known as Derwent pencils to you and I). In developing the range their premise was to try and enhance your creative enjoyment whilst also caring for the tools of your trade – the pencils.

Embossing Tools

Derwent Embossing tool to create fine detail

Use embossing tool to add fine detail

An embossing tool works by making an indentation in the paper. Coloured pencil will skim over the indentation; colour will be put down on the surrounding area but not in the indentation. This allows you to make fine white or light lines in a dark area. This is a very useful technique for grasses and certain flowers, animal whiskers or even leaving your signature in a dark area of your work.

Stipple Brush

Derwent Stipple Brush for creating texture

Create sand like texture by stippling

 A stipple brush is an artistic tool that can be used to create dimension, texture and other details to artwork. This can be achieved quite effectively with watercolour pencils. Simply dip the stipple brush into wet colour and remove excess colour on a piece of spare paper. Then dab the brush evenly on to your work. This can be done repeatedly with different colours in order to make an entire range of subtle textures. Perfect for creating the sand texture on a beach and rocks.

Fan Brush

The shape of this brush spreads colour across the page quickly and in an interesting manner. It can be used with water-soluble pencils and is great for creating grasses or rainbows of colour. The fan brush can also be used dry with pastel pencils to blend colours into each other in a subtle way.

Derwent Fan brush spreading colour

Fan Brush for spreading colour

Rubber Shapers

Derwent Rubber Shapers for smudging and blending

Rubber Shapers for smudging and blending media

Derwent Rubber Shapers (sometimes also called Colourshapers), are very useful for blending and smudging pastels, charcoal and graphite. They are perfect when precise control is required.

All of the above items form part of the Derwent Essential Drawing kit which includes 1 Stipple Brush, 1 Fan Brush, 2 embossing tools with different shaped heads and a Rubber Shaper. The full set costs around £10. for more information follw this link:

Derwent Essential Drawing Kit