How to Use Derwent Watercolour Pencils April 5, 2010

These versatile pencils have a watersoluble colour strip allowing you to draw and paint with   complete control. The pencils can be used wet or dry on either wet or dry paper to create a variety of exciting effects. Derwent Watercolour pencils are ideal for mixed media work. They are available in a range of 72 colours.

Shells produced with Derwent Watercolour Pencils

Shells produced with Derwent Watercolour Pencils


Materials used to complete this project:

Derwent Watercolour pencils  No. 17 Pink Madder Lake, No. 30 Smalt Blue, No.59 Golden Brown, No. 61 Copper Beech, No. 67 Ivory  Black, Hot pressed watercolour paper, Size 4 round brush, Craft knife, Derwent Graphic 3B pencil



Using No. 30 Smalt Blue, lightly draw the line drawing onto watercolour paper.

Watercolour Pencil shells outline drawing

Add outline with Smalt Blue Derwent Watercolour Pencil

Watercolour Pencil shells drawing 2

Start by using the pencils "Dry on Dry"








Dry on dry. Apply No. 61 Copper Beech in sections as shown stroking the pencil from the outer edge towards the centre (not all the way), using No.59 Golden Brown apply to the centre and a little on the brown section to link and warm.  Add  No.17 Pink Madder Lake lightly over all the shell except in the centre. Introduce No.30 Smalt Blue over the centre part of the pink as a halo (this will create a mauve when water is added.)



Introduce No.30 Smalt Blue to the yellow centre to darken. Add No.67 Ivory Black from the outer edge inwards to darken. Work on the two smaller shells by blending the No.17 Pink Madder Lake and No.61 Copper Beech as shown. This will act as a base colour when hydrated in preparation for the dramatic black which will be applied when wet.  Add a little blue. Draw in the centre coil with a Graphic 3B pencil.

Watercolour Pencil shells drawing 3

Introduce more colour to capture detail

Hydrate: Using a size 4 brush and clean water gently dampen the smaller shells (avoid the shadow). The moment the black goes onto the damp surface the colour will intensify and a bold stroke will result. Gently intensify the pink and yellow if the colour is too light in contrast with the black. Middle shell – using clean water, begin in the centre and with gentle stroking movements allow the pigments to blend.  As soon as the blue is touched it will merge with the yellow. Working from the centre outwards on the light area stroke the pigments towards the outer edge with a wet brush – continue to moisten the brush in water. Avoid over wetting. Hydrate the dark bands from the outer edge inwards. It is important to keep the brush clean and not transfer the black to the lighter section, use gentle stroking movements. Whilst the shell is still damp use 61 Copper Beech and apply the tiny dots.

Watercolour Pencil shells drawing 4

Add water to really see how you can enjoy the precision of a pencil and the beauty of Watercolour

 Wet sections of the final shell. Then using a craft knife gently scrape the colour off the pencil letting the speckles fall onto the paper. The colour will hydrate and intensify only where it is wet, the rest will remain on the paper. Once dry the excess dry speckles can be blown away to reveal untouched paper.

Watercolour Pencil shells drawing 5

Speckling "into wet" to create some beautiful effects

Whilst this is drying put a little of each colour on the paper, (except black) like a mini pallet and blend the colours to give a soft mauve/grey for the shadow area. Paint the shadow area under the dry shells. This results in a beautifully painterly effect.

Watercolour Pencil shells drawing Mini Pallet

Create A mini pallet to blend the colours

Using the paint as a pallet again, introduce some structure lines to the remaining shell using No.30 Smalt Blue, No. 59 Golden Brown and No.61 Copper Beech. Then add the shadow as previously.

The final result using Derwent Watercolour Pencils

For more tips, techniques and product information visit:  Derwent Watercolour Pencils at Your Creativity Store

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Getting the most out of your Copic Markers March 9, 2010

If you are a frequent or heavy user of Copic Markers and find that you are having to replace them all too often, you may be interested in a more economical solution.

The tips on each Copic marker are made from a durable material that will last many years, if they are cared for properly. When I say cared for, I simply mean replacing the caps after use. When your marker runs out (usually indicated by streaking of the colours as you lay them down) rather than throwing it away why not refill it?

Refilling your markers not only saves you money it’s also more environmentally friendly.

Did you know that one single bottle of Copic Various Ink refills a Copic Sketch Marker at least 13 times, a Copic Ciao Marker over 16 times and the Copic Original Marker 9 times. This makes Copic the most economical marker system worldwide.

Removing the tip from a Copic Marker

Simply match the colour number with your marker colour number and it’s like having a brand new marker to work with. They come with guaranteed colour consistency and a 3 year shelf life, so there’s no need to worry about colour mismatching.
How easy is it to refill my marker I hear you ask?

Simple, you use tweezers to remove the tip from the marker shaft and refill the marker with ink.

COPIC ink is alcohol-based, fast-drying, permanent, non-toxic and acid free. It does not dissolve toner and works well with watercolors and coloured pencils for mixed media studies.

Copic Marker being refilled with Copic Various Ink

For more information on Copic Ink refills you can visit our website at:
Copic Marker Ink Refills from Your Creativity Store.

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How to use Derwent Inktense Pencils for Silk Painting. March 8, 2010

Inktense Pencils are probably the most versatile pencils available anywhere. They are frequently used by watercolour artists to create wonderful landscapes. Equally fashion designers love the vibrancy and intense colours you can create. You will even find fans of Inktense among the Manga and Anime fraternity. Another creative use for this product is painting on fabrics. 

Here Artist Kim Bradley, a professional quilting teacher in Australia, used Derwent Inktense pencils alongside quilting techniques to create her magnificent “Duck bird”. Kim also used a sewing machine and textile medium. 

Inktense Pencils for Silk Painting

The Beautiful and Vibrant "Duck Bird".

The first step is to chalk out an outline of the head, neck and body, and approximately where the wings will start. The rest of the image is created using free motion machine quilting, which means you use the sewing machine to draw your image. To enable freedom of movement drop the feed dogs on the machine.  The wadding is two layers of silk as there is a lot of heavy work with thread and colour. 
The bird is coloured using Derwent Inktense pencils from the 72 colour range. To help the colour take to the fabric, use a textile medium. Most Textile Mediums should be fine, if it’s very thick simply water it down to a thinner consistency. Paint the textile medium into the area you are working on, it needs to be quite damp; not sodden, but not dry, otherwise the ink will not flow, and then use the Inktense pencil directly onto the wet area. This allows the colour to flow freely from the pencil. Use the pencil on its side as it helps with flow and ease of blending. 

To get a feel for what can be achieved experiment and practice applying the textile medium, and using the side of the pencil as well as the point. Dipping the pencil end directly into the textile medium is a wonderful way to create fine detail, i.e. eyes, mouth, bird’s feather and feet. After dipping the pencil into the medium you can draw directly onto your work. 

Work in the medium toned colours first of all, finishing off with the dark contrast tones and then the highlights. Antique White and Sherbert Lemon are brilliant for highlights. Colour the whole piece and let it dry for approx 24 hours to ensure it has set properly. 

Derwent Inktense Pencils used on silk fabric

An example of how intense the colour and the level of detail you can achieve with Derwent Inktense Pencils on silk and other fabrics.

Once dry, heat set it with an iron on the wool setting, using a piece of calico between the iron and the work to protect the quilt. Press and hold for about 20 seconds at a time. Do not be too forceful a gentle action is all that is required.

The fabric medium makes the image stiff which is ideal for a hanging piece, however if you prefer a softer feel, the stiffness will release upon washing (on a cool wool setting) without damaging the colours.
You may find that your pencils become hard if the textile medium dries out on the end (it dries like a plastic film) all you need to do is sharpen them and they are ready to use again.

For more information or to purchase Inktense pencils visit our website Or call 01926 519320.

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