These Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils are professional grade. They are extremely lightfast, which is unusual for most colored pencils of any calibre. Faber-Castell has provided a lightfast rating on all of the pencils, from two stars to five stars. The more stars, the longer the colors will stay true. Most of the pencils reside in the four to five star category, so don’t worry so much about the longevity of your artwork, these are top notch pencils.
Ok, so, what can you do with these Albrecht Durer pencils? On one hand, they can be treated like ordinary colored pencils. On the other hand, they can be used as traditional watercolors, like a little pan, just take a brush to the tip of the pencil, and off you go!
Now, the beauty of these pencils is when you take both styles and mash them together. Sooo many interesting effects can be achieved with little to no effort!
As you can see in the image above, you can splatter a pencil with a brush, dip the pencil into water for a juicy line, you can spray with water for a diffused effect. You can also draw with it, and then take a wet brush to activate parts of the watercolor pencil.
To mix, color the area with two or more colors, then add water. Or, you can cut flakes into a watercolor dish and add water.
The sets are available in 3, 6, 12, 24, 36 and 120. I strongly suggest getting the 24 tin set if you are just starting out, because the three to twelve range, you will grow out of quickly. Now, if you do purchase the smaller sets, Faber-Castell has open stock available for these watercolor pencils.