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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Be Creative this Summer With Derwent Academy!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these products, free of charge, from Derwent Academy, for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them, all opinions are my own

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If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know we're ALL about finding your creative outlet, and one for us is art- in many different forms. So I was thrilled recently to be asked to check out some new tools, just now available for American customers!

Derwent Art's’s wide range of art supplies are well-known in the UK, by aspiring artists, including hobbyists and students, wanting high-quality, yet affordable art supplies.With a proud heritage, dating back to 1832, Derwent Art’s innovation comes from a deep understanding of the artists they serve. The company encourages artists to express vivid stories and explore their creativity, through their color and sketching pencils, painting sets, bold oil pastels, markers and the perfect assortment of sketchbooks, art pads and accessories.

Derwent Academy products

The Derwent Academy range covers a wide portfolio of products including colored, watercolour and sketching, oil pastels, sketch pads and gift sets. I was sent 2 sets to check out- their Watercolour Pencils and 

Derwent Academy Watercolor PencilDerwent Academy Watercolour Pencils- Getting the hang of watercolours can be tricky. These Watercolour pencils from Derwent Art are great for drawing out your painting, and then using a wet brush, to dissolve the rich pigments to create a fluid painting. They come with a good combination of colors, my only regret was that white was not included, but I did appreciate the multiple shades of blue and green!Ideal for traditional watercolour work, these pencils are made with natural wood barrels and quality water soluble pigments.

They can be used dry, as a standard color pencil, or used with a little water to create a wonderful watercolour shades, thanks to their ease in blending, and ability to create a wide range of additional shades. I was VERY impressed with the rich pigments you can achieve with these pencils, both with and without water! They shade very easily and you can get SO many different results with them!

They have quickly become my FAVORITE pencils to work with!  derwent academy twin tip markerThe Derwent Academy pencils are also easy to sharpen, and are break resistant. They come in a metal tin, with slots, to keep them from moving around while traveling, as well.

Derwent Academy Twin-Tip Markers are high-quality twin-tip markers, featuring Brush and Fine Tips, making them the perfect choice for aspiring artists and hobbyists.

The Brush tip end creates both thick and thin lines, with a smooth, brush-stroke effect—great for drawings and lettering! Meanwhile, the Fine tip end has a broad edge, and fine point for maximum control over detailed drawings. These water-based markers are perfect for trying out new techniques like stippling, crosshatch, layering and blending too!

This 8 pack features a basic range of colors suitable for all art projects. But make no mistake, these are NOT the kids' markers! With these markers, you can take a simple drawing and elevate it to new, bright standards!

The best way to show you how well these sets work, is to show you pictures!

leaf sample

As you can see, I started with the brush tip of the marker on the leaf, coloring in the shaded section as well, Then I added colored pencil. I then blended it with my finger, and you can see how the pigments were starting to blend and pick up light already, Then with just a mere amount of water, you can see how they both blended out for a more subtle, realistic looking leaf.

flower sample

Now onto the flowers! As you can see, mixing the oranges, yellows and pinks/purples, gave the flowers a more realistic look. You can actually achieve that unique coloration you find in nature, thanks to the mixture of the pens and pencils!I LOVE how easily it is to achieve the watercolor effect with these pencils! If you look at the background above, you can see how blue and light strokes of black ave me a lovely marbleized look, with the brushed water!

completed sample

And here is the final page. From start to finish with both pencil and pen sets used ONLY.  As you can see, I was able to get the perfect blend of light and shadow shading, by varying the shades of pencil and pen. I did end up going back and adding more blue to the vase, as it ended up being too washed out for the vibrancy of the flowers. 

I loved how the print came out. While it was on standard paper, I've had equally good results on art paper. Both the pencils and pens are amazing to work with, and I highly recommend this line, both for yourself and for gift giving! Dad love art? Father's day is around the corner, and these sets would be amazing gifts! You can purchase the Derwent Art products online, or use their Store Locator, to find a store near you! 

Be sure to check out their website and blog for tips, tricks, and inspiration too! You can find even more inspiration on their social media pages too:
Facebook: @welovepencils
Instagram: @derwentpencils
Twitter: @derwentpencils

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