We have tested many many watercolor pencils for your bullet journal and its tricky to find A. a bullet journal that can take watercolor and B. Pencils that make it worth it! So Today I have reviewed 4 sets of watercolor pencils and hopefully you find something helpful!\
To test the watercolor pencils I stuck my pages together. For the Faber Castell, Typo and Derwent pencils I used a 120gsm Lemome Note book and for the Prima Watercolor Pencils I used Scribbles that Matter 100gsm. Spoiler alert: The Derwent Pencils were my favorite! 😛 On the test paper in the videos I am using 80gsm fabriano dot paper which I adore for testing.
Prima Watercolor Pencils
These seem to be a popular choice, so I will start with these. I got the 5 sets The Basics, Scenic Route, Spring and Fall, Sweet Pastel and Vintage lover
I was really surprised with these. Some were great and some – like the pastel palette – were terrible. They were scratchy and didn’t blend well at all. You can see in the images below that some of the pencils didn’t blend well at all. The color range is amazing though, its just a pity about the blending. According to Prima “These pigment filled pencils can be used with wet brushes to create special water effects on your mixed media projects. The package includes 12 pencils in beautiful colors.” It took alot of water to blend them in my Scribbles that matter and I really didn’t like the effect.
Typo Watercolor Pencils
Now these were cheap and fun! You can grab them from Typo for $30 for 36
I was really surprised at how well they blended and they had some really great color choices! I especially liked their pinks and blues. They also need minimal water and do not buckle the page to much!
Faber Castell Water color pencils
Here I just have the basic set of Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils – nothing fancy – but I adore them! They blend incredibly well and use minimal water! I would happily buy more As these are definitely worth it! The barely buckle the paper and create some gorgeous blending. According to the FC website “Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved, and will then behave in the same way as classic watercolour paints.” And they really are divine! The colours are great too!
Derwent Watercolor Pencils
As mentioned at the start of the post – spoiler alert – these Derwent Watercolor Pencils are my absolute favorite! They are smooth and creamy to draw with and also really vibrant and blendable with the colors. Now I originally got a small pack of 12 and have slowly been building up my color selection as I go! They don’t take a lot of water to blend them which is great. I would say cost wise these are the best. They are cheap enough and the quality is amazing. They are waxed based and really vibrant. They could be more pigmented but for the price they are a great beginner set.