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Saturday, June 27, 2015

We Need Black Color Charts

Of course we do.  Well, I do, anyhow.

I'm going to do..... something.....involving working on black in July.  Naturally, this means I need to make color charts on black in my sketchbook.

Black Colorfix Primer is AWESOME in your sketchbook.  Black gesso would work too, but I really love the Colorfix surface. The primer surface is the same as Colorfix paper, so it is like turning your sketchbook pages into Colorfix paper, which is absolutely brilliant.

 Derwent Graphitint (water-soluble)

I like Graphitint pencils quite a lot, and I have been using them in my sketchbook for the last few years. They are really strange pencils, and that might be why I like them so much. They are definitely graphite in look and feel, but they are tinted.

They look very different against black compared to white.

 Derwent Drawing Pencils, 24

I saw this set at Blick a few days ago, and they were priced in the $50 range, which I did not want to pay. Amazon (Prime!!) had them for $27.50.  Lee's Art Shop- which I am convinced really is closing, despite cryptic answers from the cashier- has this exact same set for... $64.99!!  Whoa!! No wonder they are going under.

Anyhow, they are all wonderful earth colors, and they are very soft and smooth.  Get them, but definitely not from Lee's. Eek.

 Derwent Inktense Blocks, 24 (water-soluble)

This is one of the sets i got in Utah.

Derwent Graphitint XL (water-soluble)

These Derwent XL blocks are seriously COOL. Both the Graphitint and the Charcoal.

Derwent Charcoal XL(water-soluble)
Derwent Metallic Pencils (water-soluble)

!!!! I did not realize the metallic pencils are water-soluble until I did the color chart
and it was the best discovery EVER.

Perhaps I have mentioned before that I am a huge fan of Derwent pencils and Derwent everything. There are many good pencils out there, but Derwent is my Urban Decay of pencils, I guess. 
I occasionally have brand loyalty. It is good because it reigns me in a bit.


  1. I don't imagine that you are reigned in about anything to do with art. Tally ho...

  2. I only live about 2 hours away from the Derwent factory. Thought I would torture you with that fact. Also, they have a Pencil Museum in the area too:

    I think you need to visit!

    The swatches on black are lovely, that is a great idea.

  3. *sigh* I love sparkly color charts...

  4. TIL what a color chart is :_)


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