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Where to get Derwent water color pencils?

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by snag, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. snag

    snag Member

    Does anyone know where you can buy individual Derwent Water color pencils for fish?
  2. Kerby Ross

    Kerby Ross KSU - Class of '83; U.S. Army - Infantry (83-92)

    Walmart, Art stores, Hobby Lobby, etc. Any water color pencils will work. I happen to use Faber-Castell water color pencils because that is what I use for my drawings, but all will work well when watered down. :)


  3. snag

    snag Member

    Thank you Kerby, I also use that brand but interested in the Derwent brand. Does any Taxidermy supplier sell them?
  4. snag

    snag Member

    Thank you Ken for this information. I've been looking for a long time but no success. Will give'em a try.
  5. Richs Taxidermy

    Richs Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Crayola at Wal-Mart makes some good ones
  6. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Like Ken, I love the Derwent Inktense pencils. It's much cheaper to buy the set. I got the 72 Derwent Inktense set for $58 bucks and free shipping (Prime) on Amazon. Use to get them individually at Blicks, but that was walking in to one of their stores. Shipping (cost) isn't worth ordering individually. You can order any of the Derwent pencil sets through Amazon. Cheapest by far...
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  7. OhDear

    OhDear New Member

    Amazon is my go-to. I get the Derwent Inktense pencils, and they also make a set of 12 Inktense blocks that are solid pigment sticks. These can be used like pastels, or with a brush- great for larger areas. Another favorite is their water soluable sketching pencils- they come in a set with 3ish graphite weights. Think of it like a drawing pencil that you can blend with water- great for spots! Over years of experience, (I am an art teacher as well as this-) Derwent wins for being long lasting, not fading and being sturdy (both the core and the shaft). Happy Days!
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  8. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    OhDear - we have similar backgrounds - except you're crazy enough to actually teach in today's world (Thank you for your service - ;)) I dip the Inktense Derwent's all the time in water to create spots and different effects. Didn't know about the Derwent pigment sticks - thank you for the info!
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  9. jakecs

    jakecs Member

    Matuska use to sell a few single Derwent watercolor pencils. Check their catalog
  10. Steven Klee

    Steven Klee Steven Klee Studios

    McKenzie carries a set of 36 for $72.00
  11. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

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  12. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    I must've got a great deal b/c the distributor I bought my 72 set from on Amazon at $58 bucks is now at $73 bucks for the same set of 72 pencils. Still a great deal though!
  13. Perca

    Perca Well-Known Member

    Wow! JW Elwood Taxidermy Supply! Now that catalog cover sure takes me back to my bad ole days. I still have several largemouth bass on my shop wall that I mounted way back then....LITERALLY "stuffed" with a gooey mixture of sawdust and Elmer's Glue!
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  14. socalmountainman

    socalmountainman Northwestern School of Taxidermy - Class of '73

    I found an unopen box of JW Elwood "Fish Mix" one day and used it for "mache" to fill in on some deer mounts. I think that's all it was was paper mache.
    I remember making a half-mold from the fresh fish and then once pickled the skin was placed back into the "mold" so you couldn't over -stuff it....
    I kept a lot of my old NW School of Taxidermy stuff and want to show it to my grandkids some day.... still haven't found a kid near me to mentor and teach the traditions but hey, I'm in CA and surrounded by vegetarians!
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  15. snag

    snag Member

    Thank you to all who commented on my post. Much appreciated.
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