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Derwent Blender Pens

Derwent Blender Pens

Derwent Blender Pens

Not very long ago, I completed a review of the outstanding Derwent Pencil Wrap, to see the review simply follow the link. In that review I was showing some of the pens and pencils that I personally carry in my Pencil Wrap and among them was two black pens, Derwent Blender Pens. 

I mentioned in the review that I would review the pens, not really thinking much of it, however I received quite a lot of messages asking to review them and I felt I had to add the review pretty quick so that it almost followed on from the Derwent Pencil Wrap review. 

Blending Colored Pencils

A lot of Colored Pencil Artists use a solution such as Zest-It, called odourless Mineral Spirits which is applied with a paintbrush, the solution breaks down the coloured pencil layers into a paint like consistency, allowing to mix or blend the pigment with ease and thus leaving a painterly effect on the overall outcome of the art work. 

Derwent ProColour Dry Before Blending With Derwent Blending Pens

Derwent ProColour Blended With Derwent Blending Pens

However, when use a solution of any kind is used for art, using such a solution on the go or out in a field becomes a challenge in itself. There are of course many other alternatives such as the Derwent Blending pencils, which are non pigmented pencils, allowing to do a similar job but not achieving the overall effect of using odourless mineral spirits. 

Three ProColour Blue Pigments Blended 

Derwent Blender Pens 

Derwent Blending Pens

Derwent, along with their blender pencil, have made the job easier for us colored pencil artists and they have obviously, very much had the pencil wrap and carry bag in mind when devising such a solution. 

The Derwent Blending Pens look like any ordinary marker type pen that you may use, one sports a slim barrel and the other a slightly thicker barrel. Inside the barrels is filled a solution similar to odourless mineral spirits, allowing for the artist to simply remove the pen cap and gently mix or blend the colored pencil pigment with the blender pen nibs. 

The thinker pen has a wider nib, more of a felt type nib, this allows to cover larger areas in faster time, whereas the smaller pen sports a much thiner nib, allowing you to apply the same principle in much finer detailed areas. 

Derwent Blender Pens Convenience

The biggest attraction to the Derwent Blender Pens is by far their ease of use and convenience, thanks to the Derwent Blender Pens, Colored Pencil Artists, out and about, capturing the beautiful of the real world can easily achieve similar effects to what they would achieve in the studio. 

Derwent Blender Pen Pricing 

The Derwent Blender Pens are really inexpensive, for a set here in the UK you could expect to pay £3.50, in the US $5 and in the EU €9 


Although a brief review, I think these Derwent Blender Pens are an excellent tool for any colored pencil artist to carry in their person. Of course it is worth mentioning, no blender pen is going to give you exactly the same control or final effect that a paint brush and Odourless Mineral Spirits can achieve, but it will get very very close indeed. 

As always, if you would like to see the Derwent Blender Pens demonstrated then please check out our video by simply following the link. Thank you so much for your awesome support and wonderful comments on both videos and written reviews, thank you so  much. 

Cobra Colored Pencils

Cobra Colored Pencils

Strathmore Paper

Strathmore Paper