Home :: Daler-Rowney Artists Watercolour Pencils Review

Latest Update: Added a close-up picture, and some notes on the appearance of the pencils.

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The watercolour pencils in Daler-Rowney‘s new range of artists pencils has a lot of hype to live up to. In the advertising, Daler-Rowney promise that the colours you get from the pencils are the same colours you’d expect to get from the paint. If that’s the case, and all you need is a tin of these pencils, a couple of Aquash brushes and a pad, watercolouring on the move is about to get a whole lot easier.


So, do you get the colours you’d expect from the paint? Let’s do a compare:

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Difficult to tell, isn’t it? Both pictures look like watercolour paintings and neither look like pencil. The top picture is the one done with the pencils, the paintings in the bottom picture were done with D-R’s Aquafine watercolour in tubes. Like the pencils in the sketching set, the watercolour pencils are light and feel comfortable in the hand.


The pencils are round, with a thin layer of blue paint – thin enough to let the wood grain show through. Very classy. They give off a nice cedar smell, and the ends are thick painted in the colour of the pencil.

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What You Get

The pencils come in tins of 12, 24 and 36. The 12 tin consists of the following colours:

  • Titanium White 009
  • Mars Black 036
  • Van Dyke Brown 264
  • Light Red 527
  • Cadmium Red (Hue) 503
  • Raw Sienna 667
  • Hooker’s Dark Green 354
  • Leaf Green 355
  • Coeruleum (Hue) 111
  • Indigo 127
  • Purple Grey 435
  • Cadmium Yellow (Hue) 620

It would have been nice if the basic 12 set contained all the basic colours in the watercolour palette, like yellow ochre, burnt sienna and french ultramarine, but this is a very good selection, and well worth trying out.