Check it out! This is what my sweetie gave me for my birthday. Am I a lucky lucky girl or what? The Derwent Inktense Pencils (Set of 72) are everything that I was hoping for when I read about them. You can use them wet or dry, but I prefer dry. Why? Glad you asked! Because once you've scribbled them on dry, you then go over them with a wet brush and the colors just burst into life.
These are different from other watercolor pencils that you might have used. They behave more like inks: once the color has dried, it is permanent. Adding more water will not lift them back into liquid form. That means that you can add layers upon layers, and the colors will stay true. As long as they're wet, the colors blend beautifully, so you really can have the best of both worlds. And, I haven't tried this, but I've been told that as long as they haven't yet been wet, you can erase them like regular colored pencils.
Of course I had to start using them immediately, at least to experiment. They are truly luscious. Next week I'll start showing you some projects...at least I hope I will!
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