Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Love these: Derwent Inktense Pencils - A Review

Art Journal Sept 2011

So, I bought a set of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils the other week and hadn't had a chance to use them yet until a couple of days ago. I actually own another set of theirs, also Inktense but the colours are all dark earthy tones while this set was filled with beautiful vibrant colours (oh the joy!). I've always loved the other ones (the earthy ones) before, but used them more to shade and as background colours, so I never really gave them that much attention. Now, these new ones are meant for the spotlight baby! Let me tell you about them!

Art Journal Sept 2011

Creamy, vibrant, lush and pretty, are just a few words I'd use to sum up the effect of the Inktense Derwents! I was surprised by how truly 'inky' they became once I added water to my shaded bits with them. And the colour is crazy vibrant! Other watercolour pencils I've used in the past by Caran D'ache and Staedler are good too (particularly the kids' ones by Staedler -> also vibrant and creamy), but I will say that the Derwents surpass them both in quality and vibrancy. I just kept wanting to add more and more (which might be the *only* downside to them, ha ha, as wanting to add more and more can mess with your design etc).

Art Journal Sept 2011

I've also come to wonder, if they have called them "Inktense" implying a merging of the words Ink and Intense? Ie: the watercolour crayons when diluted come across as ink (truly!) and the colour is super intense (truly)! Great and appropriate name for these awesome pencils! Maybe I'm a bit 'doh' to grasp the play on words only now, but hey, I do have fog brain due to pregnancy, so do forgive a tired and worn out Tam! ;)

Art Journal Sept 2011

Art Journal Sept 2011

In any case. I highly recommend these pencils! I've loved working with them and will use them a lot more now. They will also feature prominently in my next course Life Book!
 
You can buy your own Derwent Inktense Pencils by visiting www.dickblick.com! :) 
 
 
 
PS. Don't forget to keep an eye out for Life Book! - Registration opens on 3rd October! :D 
 

21 comments:

  1. Oh wow! She is stunning Tam. Love, love, love it. So beautiful and vibrant.
    I've been meaning to get some of these pencils for the longest time, but haven't yet. You've inspired me to get off my behind and get some.
    Big hugs,
    Kyles :D

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  2. Inktense are fabulous you should try the blocks! Cant wait for the lifebook course, my fellah is giving it me for Christmas!

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  3. I discovered the Inktense pencils 2 years ago and I can say I use them in everyone of my pieces ! Love them.
    I love your girl Tam !

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  4. Never tried these, its always good to get a recommendation from you xxxxx

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  5. I agree! Intense pencils are addictive! The great thing about them too is that when they dry, you can go over them with another layer and it doesn't wet the layer below! Now you got me wanting mine and I'm away from home right now!xx

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  6. I have the darker earth toned ones that I love to use for shading and such. I just might have to splurge on a set of these after looking at your wonderful creation!

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  7. They look lush! What type of paper were you working on?

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  8. Yes, I absolutely agree with your review! I haven't used them a whole lot, but I have used them and have my own set...and the times I've used them I've loved them. Did you do that whole image in just inktense pencil or did you mix with something else? If you used just them than that is amazing to see the kind of results you can achieve and I must practice more... I am really looking forward to the life course!

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  9. I totally agree with you: the colours are amazing. Inktense pencils are my favourite (have to admit that i own two sets: a small one, 12 pencils and the 24 pencilbox...)
    Love your work!!!

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  10. Hi Tam. I'm already a convert on these pencils. Even if you don't add water you get a rich colour. Trouble I find is ... shall I add the water or just leave.... They are not for the fainthearted though - once that water goes on, there's no going back!! Love 'em.

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  11. Hi Tam!! Wow, wow, WOW! I love her. The bright, bold colors look so fabulous. I have seen those Inktense pencils & have wanted to try them. So, so pretty. I just told my hubby about wanting your Life Book course for Christmas...so now I will add Inktense pencils to my list! :) Have a happy, happy day lovely Tam.

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  12. Tam.. you really used them to their ability.. gorgeous colors.

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  13. Wow! The colors really are vibrant! Other than your Life Book course, will you be doing a video of you using them? I would love to see it!

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  14. Beautiful..I have been working with some lovely new colour pencils and feel the same way. Your drawings are always amazing Tam.I love the shading...Wonderful! xxx

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  15. Weetje wat ook geweldig, je kunt ze op stof gebruiken (stof nat maken en dan tekenen/kleuren), dan met strijkbout verhitten en het komt er niet meer af!

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  16. She is so beautiful.....love the intense colors = )

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  17. I got some of these after your post. I had a lot of fun playing with them. So far I have only used them on one small sketch, but I hope to play more in the future. I am not as daring as you, but I am inspired to use more color after seeing your pictures.

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  18. I was très naughty and bought myself a tin of these... I can't wait to try them out although art time lately has been about 5 minutes a week! I have a mind to take them on holiday with me next month though, hopefully I'll get a bit more time to do some art while we're away.

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  19. I've been buying a few here and there. Now that I know they will be a part of Life Book I can start stock piling, hehe!!
    Hugs~
    Dana

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  20. I've been using these for over a year or so. I could not agree with you more. These pencils are simply brilliant. Water becomes magic :)

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