Watercoloring with Inktense Watercolor Pencils

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Watercoloring with Inktense Watercolor Pencils

A few weeks back I watercolored a pattern from the “Just Add Color: Mid-Century Modern Patterns” with Inktense Watercolor Pencils.

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with the Inktense. I love their colors- they are probably the MOST intense watercolor pencils you can buy- but I think they are really frustrating to use. They do not “lift” easily, and that’s the whole point of a watercolor pencil- you lay down the color with the pencil, and lift and move it with a paintbrush and water. Moving color from the penciled area takes some hard scrubbing with the brush, which is not good for the brush OR the paper. Apparently this is because the composition of the pigment in the pencils is indeed like an ink, NOT a watercolor, so it just doesn’t lift and move and flow and dissolve as easily.

This project took much longer than it should have, simply because the Inktense pencils are frustrating to work with. I know a lot of people love these, but they aren’t my favorite. But I do enjoy working with colored pencils so much (even the Inktense) that I went ahead and got two other watercolor pencil sets to try: Mondeluz (which is highly rated but very inexpensive) and Faber Castell Albrecht Durers (which are expensive but come in an AMAZING color range). I’ll post more about those soon- but needless to say, I LOVE them both very much. The Durers are kind of blowing my mind.

Anyway, I’m glad I have the Inktense, I see using them to add vibrant pops of color to projects and doing smaller scale projects with them, but I wouldn’t classify them as watercolor pencils strictly speaking. Sort of like water-soluable ink in a pencil form.

Here’s a color chart, for those interested (you can click the image to make it larger and see the numbers, in case you are interested in the way I re-organized the colors):

Inktense Color Chart
Inktense Color Chart

As I mentioned a few posts ago, whenever I get any sort of art supply that involves colors, I ALWAYS re-order the colors according to my own visual rainbow.

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