Today we are going to take a look at Derwent Lightfast Pencils. All 100 colors in the range are guaranteed lightfast for 100 years under museum conditions. This is a massive benefit to colored pencil artists as it takes longer to render in colored pencils than many other mediums and you want that time-consuming work to last. With a retail price of $4.10 a pencil, it is one of the most expensive colored pencils out there. Currently as of 2/9/21 Blick as the singles on sale for $2.05 which is a great price! Today we will find out if they are worth it!
The best price and selection I currently see on Derwent Lightfast Pencils is Blick. I also mentioned Derwent Drawing Pencils in this review, I recommend them as well especially if you want a lightfast pencil set in earthier tones that are more affordable. Here are the stamps I use to make my swatches. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of Derwent Lightfast pencils
They are guaranteed Lightfast
Nice selection of 100 colors
These colors layer and blend well
Respond to Blending pencils as well as solvent (Gamsol and clear alcohol marker tested well)
No breakage whatsoever in the leads
Keeps a point fairly well
Price (MSPR is $4 per pencil but Blick has had singles 50% off lately so watch for deals)
The pencil sets are packaged in flimsy plastic trays inside nice tins. I recommend reinforcing the plastic trays with cardboard or something rigid if you want to store them in the tins.
Bottom Line: I recommend these pencils to any artist who sells their colored pencil artwork or wants their work to last generations. I do think they are worth the price for the benefit of longevity but if fading is not a concern you can find less expensive pencils that will perform equally as well.
Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in and let you know I am having a Valentine’s Sale on all my Self Paced, Lifetime Access, Full Courses in my Teachable School! Use the coupon LOVE40 at checkout or click on any of the class thumbnails below to have the discount automatically added!
I hope some fun art making will help you break through the dreary days of winter with some amazingly colorful creations. Happy crafting!
Hi friends! I hope you are having a nice weekend! It’s Super bowl Sunday and Sketchbook Sunday. Hubby is making some good snacks to enjoy during the game tonight and I will probably watch a bit while I color or crochet (I’m more interested in the halftime show and commercials LOL!) For Sketchbook Sunday this week I have a drawing of a goldfish with Derwent Lightfast colored pencils.
Hi friends! Finally after a week of tech problems we will have our live chat and craft-along today at 2pm eastern time. If you want to chat with me and other crafty friends live from 2pm-4pm ET today be sure to watch this on the YouTube watch page.
You can also watch the live premiere (on or after 2pm today) or replay in the player below:
Other: Brown stamping ink, markers, post it notes, basic stamping tools, clear embossing powder, embossing ink
Here are photos of the finished cards and tags for your inspiration!
I just love projects like this and I hope you do too! I look forward to seeing you today in the live chat on YouTube if you can make it but don’t worry if you can’t, you can always watch the video later and ask questions or say hello in the comment’s below. If you like projects like this please chare it with a friend or by using one of the sharing buttons below and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! It looks like we are going to get a big snowstorm tomorrow! Both of my kids schools have cancelled classes tomorrow and it looks like it will be a good day to hunker down inside and craft! I am planning on having a Craft-a-long here and on my YouTube channel tomorrow if technology plays nice (I have been battling it all day so please cross your fingers for me!) I’ll post about it tomorrow before it starts if all goes to plan and there will be a replay so no worries!
Today though, I have a review of a very affordable watercolor from India. I bought this set of 24 tube watercolor for $18 on Amazon back in December. I was excited to see it for sale here in America because I have had Indian viewers asking me to review this paint for years and I had never seen it to purchase and I am so glad I found it. It is the Camel brand, also known as Kokuyo Camlin and it is probably the most famous brand in India. Have a look:
Lightfast ratings are provided on tubes A=absolutely permanent, B=permanent (apparently there is a C=moderately permanent but my set did not contain any of those colors)
These are a joy to paint with, comparable to a western watercolor such as Winsor & Newton in performance
No pigment info
Strong chemical smell when used wet from the tube. (This might be due to use a cheaper resin to bind the paint or some sort of additive to prevent spoilage) If left to dry down in an open palette the smell dissipates and I didn’t notice the odor when I added water to the paints a week later.
Bottom line: You really can’t beat this paint for the price. Like I mentioned the fresh paint smell was really strong to me so I recommend squeezing them in a palette and letting them dry down before using them. I’m not willing to trust lightfastness ratings myself without knowing the pigment info so I will be using these in sketchbooks or for non permeant work but that’s me, you can decide for yourself or swatch them out and do your own lightfast test. I don’t usually do that myself as I live in the north and don’t get enough sun to do a trustworthy test. These would also be a good set for a student as they get a quality experience painting with these. If the price stays low (around $20 for a set) I’d recommend them! That’s all for tonight! Happy crafting!