★★★★★ 201 real customer reviews average rating: 4.7 stars
5 Stars By Poppy-HG on 2016-04-29
Make A Color Chart
The Derwent Inktense 36 pencil set arrived in perfect condition. Following some reviewers’ suggestions, I immediately marked the tray with the numbers and color names of each pencil in its slot, to keep them in order.
Next I made charts to show each pencil’s strokes in both dry and wet samples (thanks for the tip, Mary Ingold).
Some pencil points do not look like the color put on paper: Sherbet Lemon, Mustard, and Tan pencil points look green. Some dark pencil points, such as Sea Blue and Teal Green, are brilliant when wet. Charcoal Grey and Indian Ink are cooler than the warmer Ink Black.
For the charts, I cut out pages from a Pentalic hardbound Sketch Book, since the pages were white and smooth. The paper buckled, however, with the slightest addition of water. Using a Pentel Arts Aquash water brush, purchased on 2DayDeliver, I was careful to moisten rather than flood the pencil marks. The colors spread easily and smoothly. But use heavier paper than all-purpose sketchbooks for your artwork.
The black Outline pencil, which is not a watercolor pencil, won’t be affected by the addition of water. However, it can smear when coloring with other dry pencil marks around it (see the duck’s face in my picture). In small areas, it would be better to apply the color as a wash, rather than a dry pencil followed by a wet brush.
While trying to photograph the pencils with the charts, I had trouble with the round barrels causing the pencils to roll on the slightest incline of the surface. Finally, I put them on the carpet, which held them in place. A small washcloth or piece of fabric could help to prevent rolling and dropping of pencils.
These pencils offer the best of both worlds - the control of drawing, and painting without any mess or waste.
I’ll post my charts, although the colors may not be as brilliant in the photos, due to lighting.
5 Stars By Milzar on 2015-12-21
Perfect set for watercolor beginner
My very fist watercolor pencils!! I'm not an art expert and I love them. Got these for my adult coloring books. Wish I had gotten the 72 piece set instead. After using these, I found that I very much prefer watercolor pencils over the regular colored pencils. So much easier on the hand and spreads color a lot better.
4 Stars By Mary Ingold on 2015-08-22
Bold marker/ ink like effect is handy- use an alcohol based marker blender instead of water for paper and coloring books
I got this set after buying a couple from a local art store to try out. I use these to add more contrast to my drawings and work with the Albrecht Durer 120 watercolor pencil set.
Color goes down smoothly and glides on pretty well. I noticed more flaking and a slight bit chalkier feel with these than the Albrecht Durer pencils. There was also a little bit of squeaking or slightly more noise when coloring with one of these. Overall nothing serious. Just me noticing the difference in materials. Used dry, these have good coverage. They have a slight grainy quality and prone to flaking a little. I can blow away flakes, as they happen, to keep the paper clean. Blues, greens, browns and purples are really dark when used dry. All of them except perhaps the two black colors have quite a shift in lightness. Some colors look nearly black until wet. This could be a problem, but workable by making test color swatches and anticipating the effect when using them.
- About the tin: It's a bit wobbly and thin when lifted. Likely not anything I want to carry around without having a few rubber bands. If I need to transport the pencils, I'll select the ones I am using and carry them in another container. Or take them all out and put them back into the tin later. (I had a near spill until I did just that.)
Where this product shines the most for me is when wet. When wet, the ink yields a marker like effect or a thin acrylic wash. The Albrecht Durer pencils wet are more like watercolor paints. They have a gentle softness. These are more bold. It is fun using the two sets together. In time I hope to have the full range of colors, but this has quite a lot of the colors I was looking for and I got a good deal on it at the time I ordered.
Included are the color examples used with and without water. The colors are in the order I found them in the tin.
To really get the most out of these for projects like adult coloring books try using an alcohol based maker blender or water brush filled with 91% rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol instead of water.
Result: Marker like smoothness, full richness of color with little to no page buckling. So far I've even noticed much less bleed through, but it is always better to test this out first before committing to any given coloring book.
5 Stars By AmandaC on 2016-10-02
I am so pleased with these pencils! It takes a little while to get the hang of them but once you do, they are amazing! The ink dries permanently and doesn't go through the pages of my adult coloring books! They arrived perfectly also. I wish there were more greens in this set, but I can buy them in open stock. Attached is the first picture I colored with them. I followed along with a youtube video.
5 Stars By A on 2017-01-01
Missing a Few Key Colors but Still Amazing
I purchased the 36 set. I think I found the medium of my choice! I always enjoyed watercolor however, it can be tricky to control when doing a light wash and it isn't very intense in color. Also, it is difficult to layer because colors can muddy up or be removed. These inktense solved those issues! I've used this on some sketching paper it still looks great. Definitely create a swatch chart and play with these before using on a drawing because the color on the end of the pencil can be different than what it actually is. The 36 set could have swapped out a few greens and blues for more yellows and oranges so that a full range of skin tones could be created. Even with the browns and reds that are in the set, the range of warm dark and deep skin tones is kind of tricky to achieve.
You must be sure that you dissolve all of the color pencil on the paper or you may activate it again when you do not intend to. I would recommend using masking fluid to keep colors off of unintended areas (I do portraits) because you cannot remove color after it is wet.
Overall I love these pencils and have placed an order for the 72 set of inktense blocks just to cover more ground and to get more shades
4 Stars By Pistachette on 2014-07-14
good permanent watersoluble pencils
very powerfull colors on those pencils once watered !
some skin tone would have be welcome in that box size...
4 Stars By Molly Stephens on 2017-01-15
As essential to me now as a common pencil
no one is exaggerating. These really are awesome and they do not compare to anything else on the market. I'm pretty smitten. I thought they would be normal watercolor pencils, but they just plain are not. Instead of the waxy texture of run of the mill watercolors, these draw more like charcoal if charcoal didn't smudge. They are literally dried ink, so when you wet them, the ink is activated and upon drying it becomes completely permanent. My one very small issue is the drying speed. It is very quick and since it dries permanent (which is a plus for the most part because it removes the need to spray fixative) so if you haven't blended/finished manipulating the medium you're kind of out of luck. they don't layer great either but they are so highly pigmented I haven't felt the need to try to stack them much. I got used to them pretty quick though. I found that using a self watering brush helped tremendously. It allowed me to change w But I got the 36 colors and it's really plenty. I'm going to check and see if they sell metallic next because that would be fun. I mean who doesn't love a little gold in their life? Happy painting, I'll try to upload the finish products in a bit (not sure if it'll let me). I'm pretty impressed!
5 Stars By A Christy on 2016-06-13
Art Medium Unlike Any Other...Perfect for Coloring Books
This was my second Inktense purchase and they are all that and a box of crackers! Seriously. Unlike watercolors, these pigments become permanent once they dry, which means you can layer your colors and achieve a vibrancy that just isn't possible with anything else I've tried. I use them in coloring books as well as in painting (I'm not an artist and this picture is my first painting ever. It's not finished, but this is where it's at now.) The pencils often work better than the blocks in coloring books because of the control allowed. Use a Furetake water pen to activate and you've got magic in there.
5 Stars By SusanDeadre on 2015-12-07
Excellent water color pencils!
I am new to water color pencils but decided to spend a little extra for some quality pencils. These are excellent. I love how they melt into a beautiful water color when wet. My only complaint is that there are some colors I would like that are missing from this set like pink and flesh tone or a light gray. I'll have to keep looking for those colors in another set.
5 Stars By WSU fan on 2016-05-29
Derwent Inktense Drawing Pencils
I have just returned to doing flatwork for the first time in about 25 years. I have been purchasing quality colored pencils and was just introduced to the water soluble colored pencils. In doing my research, these were highly recommend. I have purchased the 36 pencil set, and just recently the 72 pencil set for my mother. In my limited time, I have been very impressed with the Derwent Inktense pencils. The colors are very rich when laying them down on the paper. For me getting the set was a good way to experiment with the different pencils so I know which ones I want to buy in the future. In a couple of week, I will have the summer off and can't wait to really use these.I highly recommend these to anyone wanting a good quality colored pencil.