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Battle of the Watercolor Pencils

What Are the Best Watercolor Pencils?

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What are the best watercolor pencils? And what are the worst? Watch as Steve and I run the “Battle of the Watercolor Pencils”. We test 26 different lines of watercolor pencils to see who comes out on top!

Our goal in doing this watercolor pencil test was to find the best watercolor pencils for Colorists (NOT for Watercolorists.) This is an important distinction because what is important to a Watercolorist may not be as important to a Colorist and visa-versa.

For example, we not only wanted to know how each of these watercolor products performed when wet, but also how they performed dry–similar to how one might use them in a coloring book.

Battle of the Watercolor Pencils!


Links to important points in the video…
Introduction: 00:00:00
Brands Tested: 00:01:48
How to Use the Testing Worksheet: 00:09:44
Testing All Brands: 00:45:38
Bottom 3 Brands: 01:11:01
Top 3 Brands: 01:16:17
Results of All Brands Tested: 01:25:54
Closing: 01:31:54


• First, we researched and purchased several popular brands of watercolor pencils including Faber-Castell, Caran d’Ache, Arteza, Prismacolor and more!

• Then we swatched all of the pencils in one of our watercolor swatch books (over 800 swatches total!)

• Next we carefully designed a watercolor pencil testing worksheet specifically created to discover the strengths and weaknesses of these tools. We also established a system to score and rank all 26 brands.

• Finally, we tallied all of the scores to come up with the best and worst watercolor pencils so we could present the results to you.


TOP 3 Watercolor Pencils:
1) Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils
2) Derwent Inktense Pencils
3) General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils

BOTTOM 3 Watercolor Pencils:
23) Spectrum Noir Aquablend Watercolour Pencils
24) Derwent Watercolour Pencils
25) Southsun / Guang Hui / Hero Watercolor Pencils


(Please note that because they have the exact same core, we combined the Albrecht Durer & Magnus together into #1. So there are now only 25 results below.)

  1. Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer & Albrecht Durer Magnus
  2. Derwent Inktense
  3. General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils
  4. Winsor & Newton Studio Collection Watercolour
  5. Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Mondeluz
  6. Derwent Graphitint
  7. Staedtler Karat Aquarell
  8. Derwent Metallic
  9. Caran d’Ache Supracolor Soft
  10. Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle
  11. Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour
  12. Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils
  13. Bruynzeel Expression Aquarel
  14. Staedtler Ergo Soft Aquarell
  15. Bruynzeel Design Aquarel
  16. Crayola Watercolor Pencils
  17. Pentel Watercolor Pencils
  18. Arteza Woodless Watercolor Pencils
  19. Castle Arts Watercolor Pencils
  20. Arteza Watercolor Pencils Expert
  21. Zenacolor Watercolor Pencils
  22. Loew Cornell Water Color Pencils
  23. Spectrum Noir AquaBlend
  24. Derwent Watercolour Pencils
  25. Southsun Guang Hui


Here is a list of all of the links mentioned in the video…

• Watercolor Pencil Testing Worksheet:

• Bliss Partner – How to Use Watercolor Pencils Training:

• Watercolor Swatch Books & Tri-Tone Color Scheme Workbooks:

• Coloring Bliss Watercolor Paper:

• Swatching Watercolor Pencils Videos:
Arteza Watercolor Pencils:
Arteza Woodless Watercolor Pencils:
Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils:

• Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils:

• Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Magnus Watercolor Pencils:

• Derwent Inktense Pencils:

• General’s Kimberly Watercolor Pencils:

• Mimik Synthetic Squirrel Hair Watercolour Brushes:

• Bienfang Lightweight Watercolor

•Bee Paper Watercolor


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