Watercolour pencils- do they smudge?

Stampin’ Up!’s watercolour pencils are one of my favourite colouring tools (set 1 and set 2). They are easy to use, and come in a huge range of colours.

You can use them with an assortment of blending tools, including water painters including blender pens, and Wink of Stella. In this video, you an see the blender pens and Stella in action. The stamp set is now retired, but the techniques are still the same.

Recently on my YouTube channel, I shared this watercolouring video, and had a question asking if the pencils smudge.

I had never considered that question… so, of course I needed to try it out for myself. I would rather make a mess of my project than have you ruin yours.

I used the Perched in a Tree stamp set for this demonstration.

The two left images I coloured lightly, and vigorously rubbed my index finger over for about 10 to 15 seconds. The top image did smudge a bit, as you can see from the circled image. I stamped and coloured again, same colours, but more pressure. The lighter colours still didn’t smudge. I then used the blender pen to blend out the two images on the right, and then rubbed vigorously. The paper pilled a little but but it didn’t really lead to any additional smudging. So, overall, I would say that the colours do not smudge, and in regular use you should be fine. However, I may caution that if your work surface is damp, or your hands have any moisture on them, it may lead to a bit of smudging.

You can check out this video to see how the blender pens and Wink of Stella work together to blend the pencils. As they are to be used with liquid, you do need to be careful with the ink you use. Water based inks will run, and smudge into your design. A permanent ink, such as Staz-On is the best one to use in watercolour applications, as it won’t run.

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