Derwent Professional Watercolor Pencils, 24-Count

Last updated: January 30, 2024

We looked at the top Watercolor Pencils and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Watercolor Pencil you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 24 expert reviews, the Derwent Professional Watercolor Pencils, 24-Count placed 17th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Derwent Watercolour Pencils can be mixed with water to create unique colour flows and stunning watercolour effects. These easy to sharpen, break-resistant pencils are ideal for long periods of use. Plus, with the 3.4mm core and hexagonal barrel, you gain greater precision for detailed drawings. They combine the control of a pencil with the beauty of watercolour. Use a wetted pencil tip to create rich, textured lines, or use dampened paper to obtain bright colours with soft edges. The pigment transfers to paper quickly due to the softer formulation, which makes it easier to blend and layer colours. Create a range of effects, from bold, vibrant colours to delicate watercolour washes. Easily customize colours by adding more water, which creates a more muted, watercolour wash. As the pigment is not permanent, you can use water to move and adjust the colours, even after it has dried. With a heritage dating to 1832, Derwent’s innovation comes from an understanding of artists. We’ve produced a range of quality art materials, many of which are made in our British manufacturing plant.

Our Expert Consultant

Amy Markham  
Artist and art educator

Artist and educator Amy Markham is the creator of Starling, a podcast dedicated to helping artists develop depth in their creative practice. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Amy has been an art educator since 2001. Today, she teaches middle school art at a school outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Her personal artwork explores myth-making and symbolic understandings. Through her brand, Starling Creative Living, she leads others to explore art production as a method for enriching their life experience.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

These tools can be used on any type of surface – on canvas, paper, or fabric (silk and cotton). You can use them either dry or wet. By adding water, you can achieve amazing watercolor effects and create rare color flows. H2O turns regular shades into vibrant ink. The collection comes in a cute metal tin, which is nice as a gift.
The Derwent pencils come in a tin case that makes travel easy. The pencils are separated into individual cells so that you can organize them into any order you wish. The tin is thin so it can easily fit in a briefcase, messenger bag, backpack, or paint case. It holds the pencils in place and protects them from being damaged during transport.
The Derwent set also comes pretty handy as a special gift. You can either choose to get it in a stylish wooden gift box or a very beautiful pencil wrap.

What reviewers didn't like

However, we will not be recommending this pencil set for the more professional and veteran artists because in comparison to a lot of the other higher-end pencils these ones will feel a fair bit duller. They are not as vivid and are best suited for practice more than professional needs.
View our Watercolor Pencil buying guide for in-depth advice and recommendations.

From our partners