Winsor & Newton Studio Collection Watercolor Pencils are the latest MacKendrew Find. I believe they were released a couple of years ago in 2019. Wax-based and highly pigmented with brilliant colors and soft cores, they are priced to be accessible. The pencils are available in 2 sets: a 12-piece set and a 24-piece set.
“Explore stunning watercolor effects and rich, vibrant hues with these wonderfully versatile thick-core pencils. Use dry like a regular pencil for smooth, vibrant shading and blending, or experiment with a wet brush to transform the pencil color into beautiful watercolor effects – perfect for creating gorgeous, expressive artworks on the go. They’re beautifully smooth to use and sharpen cleanly to a precise point. Due to the high quality binders used in the core, the cores and points won’t break under pressure even when dropped.”
Winsor & Newton Studio Collection Watercolor Pencils are:
- Watercolor pencils
- Artist quality
- Excellent lightfastness
- Exceptional solubility
- Use wet or dry
- Wax based
- Soft cores
- Break resistant cores and points
- Made from sustainable cedar
- Two sets: 12-piece and 24-piece
- Economical ($11.01 and $22.04 at Blick)
- No open stock
Winsor Newton Watercolor Pencils 12-Piece Set
12-Piece Set Color Chart
Winsor Newton Watercolor Pencils 24-Piece Set
24-Piece Set Color Chart
Winsor & Newton state that the Studio Collection Watercolor Pencils are “premium artist quality” (stated on the back of the belly band across the tin) with “excellent lightfastness” (stated on the Winsor & Newton website), but note that there are no individual, open stock available and there is no pigment information or lightfast ratings to be found either on the packaging or on the Winsor & Newton website. Open stock and published lightfastness ratings are typical features of artist quality materials.
The wooden barrels are made with sustainable cedar from California. The sets are packaged in metal tins, embossed with the Winsor & Newton logo.
See the Studio Collection Watercolor Pencils at: