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Discover the New Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Sets: Premium Quality for Artists and Hobbyists

Derwent Watercolour Paints have been expertly formulated with fine art quality ingredients and lightfast pigments to deliver an ultra-smooth, translucent wash. Each colour is highly pigmented and behaves consistently for ease of use, preventing unwanted, uneven results. The New Derwent Watercolour paint pan set is a portable and convenient way to carry and use watercolours. Each set typically includes a range of watercolour paint colours in individual pans, housed within a compact and durable case.

Features & benefits

  • Watercolour half pan paints in a compact, portable palette
  • Portable size with integral mixing tray and a specially designed Derwent Waterbrush
  • Professional quality watercolour paints with an easy-to-use formula
  • Highly lightfast with an ultra-smooth translucent wash and even finish
  • Versatile colours with consistent behaviour due to the expertly developed formula
  • Cut out and keep colour swatch card for easy reference
  • Ideal for travel and outdoor use with everything needed to paint on the go
  • Suitable for use alongside Watercolour pencils, Inktense or the rest Derwent paint pan range
  • For best results, pair with: Derwent Inktense Paper, Battery Operated Eraser, Push Button Water Brushes, Spritzer and Artpack

Tips for beginners

1. Water-soluble mediums look different in colour when dry, therefore adding water and swatching the colours is useful. Swatching enables you to familiarise yourself with the paint’s opacity/ transparency, glazing abilities and how easy they are to lift when dried. All colours have been expertly developed and chosen to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced watercolour artists, and have a high lightfast rating, meaning even under long exposure to light, they won't fade for many years. The vibrancy and clarity of these hues would compliment any artists, designers’ or illustrators palette.

2. Using wet on wet technique, apply paint to a wet surface to create exciting effects to your artwork. The colours dry approximately 25% lighter, so the more water you add, the lighter the dried shade will be. Pre-wetting the pans a few minutes before use ensures the paints are ready to go when you are. This is an excellent technique for creating textured landscapes themes or botanical paintings.

3. Working with wet on dry technique, load your brush with plenty of paint and begin laying smooth strokes from left to right and then right to left, trying not to completely overlap the previous stroke. Keep the bead of paint moving whilst keeping your brush on the paper.

These Derwent watercolour paints are particularly effective when painting contained flat shapes for surface pattern design.

4. When an initial layer is completely dry, you can then add another layer of transparent colour, either onto the dry paper or pre-wetting the paper with clean water first. Glazing multiple layers adds depth to colours by either intensifying an existing colour or by adding a different colour to change the hue of a specific area. The wonderful transparent qualities of these watercolour paints means that they can be used for this technique. Amethyst, Dark Violet and Ultramarine work wonderfully for creating shadow glazes.

5. Use the colour Chinese White, not only to lighten colours but to also create subtle highlights on your painting. Remember to leave this step until last in your painting, as the pigment will reactivate if water is added once dry. For a more opaque look use less water.

6. These highly pigmented watercolour paints have been expertly formulated to dry with an ultra-smooth appearance throughout the colour range. This is due to the finely ground lightfast pigments and resulting translucent qualities. This smooth consistency means that the paint can be effortlessly layered regardless of colour, omitting the chances of unwanted, uneven results.

Try combining techniques by applying a flat wash of the lightest colour first, followed by darker glazes to either intensify the existing colour or to alter the colour hue. Lift lighter areas as you go, where needed and add your highlights using Chinese White to finish.

7. Creating seamless gradients with these vibrant Derwent watercolours. You can create a gradient with just one colour, starting with a wet brush loaded with pigment first, lay down the area with colour, then by dipping the brush once in water, pick up the bead of pigment from the last stroke, and continue to lay down a more diluted colour; with each successive diluted stroke, the paint will becoming lighter in tone.

For a two tone gradient,apply a wash of the first colour at one end of the area you want to create the gradient. While the paint is still wet, rinse your brush, and then apply the second colour at the opposite end, blending it into the first colour gently. Use a clean, damp brush to smooth the transition between the two colours, moving back and forth to create a seamless gradient.

8. When layers are dry, paint can now be lifted to create highlights. Use a clean damp brush to wet the area, then dab the pigment off with a clean tissue. If you want an area to remain white avoid painting this area, or apply either masking tape or masking fluid before painting. Remove the masking once the painting is dry.

9. Adding salt to a wet paint layer; adds a textured look and the results will differ depending on the salt crystal size and how wet the paint is. This technique is best used with darker colours or glazes, such as Amethyst, Magenta, Ultramarine and Jade Green, as the results will have more contrast with the white of the paper. Once you’ve added the salt, let the layer dry naturally. *Table salt used on the left and Rock salt used on the right.


10. Use the Derwent Push Button Waterbrushes with their range of tip sizes and shapes, to add diverse brush strokes to your painting, with the larger tipped brushes making it easier to work on a larger scale. Spray water directly onto a paper surface, using the Derwent Spritzer to wet the paper before applying paint to maintain a saturated workable area or spray directly over water-soluble drawings to disperse colour.

11. There is nothing more freeing than painting outdoors, so with this compact, portable watercolour palette and some paper, you are all set to go. You may want to take along a bottle of water to replenish your water brush from time to time. When swapping between colours, it’s a good idea to give the brush a little squeeze and a droplet of water will clean the brush tip for you, when wiped on a tissue. Always remember to replace the brush lid when packing up after painting to protect the brush tip.


A few additional products that will aid your watercolour journey

Watercolour paper

  • Hahnemühle Bamboo Carnet de Voyage Mixed Media Pad 265gsm (125lb) 15.3 x 25cm
  • Hahnemühle Agave Cold Pressed Watercolour Pads - 290gsm - 12 Sheets
  • Hahnemühle Watercolour Selection Pad - 14 Different Watercolour Papers
  • Hahnemühle Sumi-e Pad - 80gsm - 20 Sheets - 24 x 32cm
  • Hahnemühle Hemp Sketch Pads - 80gsm - 80 Sheets
  • Hahnemühle Bamboo Mixed Media Paper Pads - 265gsm (125lbs)
  • Hahnemühle Sugar Cane Watercolour Pads - 290gsm - 12 Sheets

Watercolour brushes

  • ARTdiscount Pro Watercolour/Gouache Filbert Brush Set of 6
  • ARTdiscount Pro Watercolour/Gouache Flat Brush Set of 6
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brush - Set of 7
  • ARTdiscount Watercolour Brush Set of 5 Brushes
  • Artmaster Pearl Watercolour Paint Brush Wallet Set of 6
  • ARTdiscount Pro Watercolour/Gouache Round Brush Set of 8
  • ARTessentials Ultra Fine Tip Artists Brushes - Set of 10
  • Pro Arte Prolene Brush Set of 3 - W5

Derwent watercolour paints offer a vibrant and versatile medium for artists of all levels. Their high-quality pigments and smooth application make them a favourite choice for both beginners and professionals. Whether you're creating delicate washes or bold, expressive strokes, these paints provide excellent control and stunning results. Embrace your creativity and explore the endless possibilities with Derwent watercolour paints.

Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12

Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 12

Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24
Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24

Derwent Watercolour Paint Pan Set of 24