Hi friends! I was super excited to see that Derwent added 9 new colors to the Inktense range in their new paint pan sets! Let’s take a deep dive into the paint pan range in this review. This paint set was provided to me by Derwent with no expectation of a review. *Affiliate links to Blick used in this post. You can find all of the Inketense Paint Pan sets and refills here for 35% off retail.
Overview: The Derwent Inktense paint pans feature the same formulation as the Inktense pencils and blocks but in a convenient half pan. They are available in 2* sets of 12 colors or in a set of 24 comprising all of the colors. Open stock is available and the standard half pan size will fit standard watercolor tins should you want to add a couple of colors to your watercolor palette. These are not watercolors, they are water-soluble ink that claims to be permanent (insoluble) when dry but you can use them as you would a watercolor. *Note, Blick shows 3 different sets of 12 and one set of 24. The Derwent site shows set #1 and se2 #2 of 12 colors each and a set of 24.
- Price (half or less of what a professional watercolor set costs)
- Good color selection
- Layers well
- Permanent on fabric
- Lightfast info available: 22 colors are #8 (very lightfast) on blue wool scale with Fuschia a #6 and Cherry a #4. See ratings here.
- Vegan friendly
- Open Stock available
- I did have some lifting on watercolor paper even with very diluted paint.
- The white plastic palette will stain
Overall I recommend these for artists. I think they would be very nice for quilters and fiber artists wanting to design custom fabric. These would be a nice addition to a set of Inktense pencils but might be a bit redundant if you already have the blocks. I love that they picked mostly lightfast colors for this set. I did double check that these were permanent on fabric like the rest of the range and they are. I can’t wait to paint some cloth masks with these. I’ll share a tutorial when I do. Til then Happy crafting!