Derwent Inktense Pencils: Discover the Collection

18 December 2020


Introducing Derwent Inktense pencils: revolutionising the world of water-soluble colour with their unparalleled intensity and versatility. Unlike traditional watercolour pencils, Inktense pencils contain vibrant, permanent ink that transforms ordinary sketches into vibrant works of art. With their rich pigments and unique water-reactive properties, Inktense pencils offer artists a wide range of creative possibilities, from detailed line work to bold washes of colour.


Derwent Inktense pencils differ from traditional watercolour pencils in several key ways:


Permanent Ink

Inktense pencils contain ink rather than traditional watercolour pigments. Once dry, the ink becomes permanent, making it suitable for layering without reactivating previous layers.


Vibrant Colours

Inktense pencils are known for their intense, vibrant colours. The ink produces bold and vivid hues, even when diluted with water.



Inktense pencils can be used dry to create detailed lines and textures, similar to traditional coloured pencils. However, when water is applied, the ink dissolves and behaves like watercolour paint, allowing for a wide range of painting techniques.


Permanent When Dry

Once dry, the colour from Inktense pencils becomes permanent and can be worked over without bleeding or smudging. This makes them ideal for mixed media applications and layering with other mediums.



While Inktense pencils can be used alongside traditional watercolour pencils, their unique properties may require some adjustment in technique. They can also be used on fabric when heat-set, expanding their versatility beyond paper surfaces.


Whether you're a seasoned artist looking to elevate your mixed media projects or a beginner eager to explore the world of watercolour, Derwent Inktense pencils provide an exciting and innovative approach to artistic expression.