Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils

There are many brands of water-soluble pencils, but these are my favourites of the readily available ranges. They are great colours - very natural - and fairly lightfast. There is a shift in colour when you wet them but not as crazy as some pencils. They behave well and dilute nicely.

I've had a lovely boxed set of Albrecht Dürer watercolour pencils for almost 30 years and use them mostly in conjunction with other media - watercolours in particular. The current range is 120 pencils and I thought I'd draw and paint them all out to show how they all look since the colour charts can be hard to tell. I've taken screen shots of the colour chart from the Faber-Castell website to enlarge them here. I'll show the colours in the same order. 

The sample are drawn on Arches 300gsm hot pressed (smooth) paper - not what I usually use as I prefer cold pressed. The right side of each swatch has been brushed over with water then the pencil drawn through the damp section to show its full wet strength.

The Faber Castell Polychomos pencils, which are also gorgeous to use, are the same colours with the same numbers, which is very helpful!


Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - White, Ivory, Cream, Light Yellow Glaze, Cadmium Yellow Lemon.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Light Cadmium Yellow, Light Chrome Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Dark Cadmium Yellow, Dark Chrome Yellow.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Cadmium Orange, Orange Glaze, Dark Cadmium Orange, Light Cadmium Red, Scarlet Red.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Pale Geranium Lake, Deep Scarlet Red, Deep Red, Middle Cadmium Red, Permanent Carmine.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Dark Red, Magenta, Madder, Alizarin Crimson, Pink Carmine

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Rose Carmine, Fuchsia, Middle Purple Pink, Light Purple Pink, Pink Madder Lake.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Light Magenta, Light Red-Violet, Red-Violet, Crimson, Manganese Violet.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Violet, Purple Violet, Blue Violet, Mauve, Delft Blue.



Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Dark Indigo, Indanthrone Blue, Prussian Blue (replaced with Helioblue Reddish, which looked slightly different), Helioblue Reddish, Cobalt Blue.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Ultramarine, Light Ultramarine, Sky Blue, Cobalt Blue Greenish, Phthalo Blue.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Middle Phthalo Blue, Light Phthalo Blue, Bluish Turquoise, Prussian Blue, Helio Turquoise.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Cobalt Turquoise, Light Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Green, Deep Cobalt Green, Hooker's Green.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Dark Phthalo Green, Chrome Oxide Green Fiery, Phthalo Green, Emerald Green, Light Phthalo Green.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Light Green, Grass Green, Leaf Green, Permanent Green, Permanent Olive Green.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Pine Green, Chrome Oxide Green, Juniper Green, Olive Green Yellowish.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - May Green, Earth Green Yellowish, Earth Green, Chromium Green Opaque.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Caput Mortuum, Indian Red, Caput Moryuum Violet.


Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Burnt Carmine, Dark flesh, Medium Flesh, Light Flesh, Cinnamon.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Pompeian Red, Venetian Red, Sanguine, Burnt Ochre, Terracotta

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Light Yellow Ochre, Naples Yellow, Dark Naples Ochre, Green Gold, Brown Ochre.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Bistre, Raw Umber, Van Dyke Brown, Nougat, Burnt Umber.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Burnt Sienna, Walnut Brown, Dark Sepia, Wrm Grey VI, Warm Grey V.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Warm Grey IV, Warm Grey III, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey I,
Cold Grey 1.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Cold Grey II, Cold Grey III, Cold Grey IV, Cold Grey V, Cold Grey VI.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils - Payne's Grey, Black, Silver, Gold, Copper.

I have three other pencils from my original 80 colour set from the late 80's or early 90's that are no longer available - 138 Light Violet, 147 Light Blue and 148 True Blue.

Faber Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolour Pencils
Light Violet, Light Blue, True Blue.


There are many numbers that are missing altogether now. Whether they have ever been created or are around somewhere I don't know - please feel free to comment below.

Missing numbers are 114, 116, 122, 150, 164, 195-198, 200 - 204, 206 - 216, 218, 220 - 222, 224, 227 - 229, 232 - 234, 236 - 245, 248, 253 - 262, 265, 268 - 270, 272 - 274, 277, 279, 281 and 282.