You probably know that there is not only watercolor paint but also watercolor pencils, markers, sticks and crayons? Now knowing about all these options, does make things a little more complicated! But I’m here to make it easier for you! I’ll show you the difference between watercolor pencils, markers, sticks and crayons and tell you if you really need those things!

Watercolor Pencils

  • You can use them exactly like regular colored pencils, but they are water-soluble.
  • Portable, more convenient and usually less expensive than watercolor paints
  • Create small details and fine lines
  • You can use them as an addition to regular watercolors (for a few simple techniques watch my video below)

Watercolor Markers

  • You can use them as regular markers but also as watercolors by adding some water
  • they contain more pigments and are very vibrant compared to watercolor pencils
  • They can have different nibs, create different shaped lines
  • Portable, can be used for loose paintings or urban sketching if you have a brush with a water tank
  • Can be used for lines, coloring bigger areas and creating effects

Watercolor Sticks

  • Can be applied to your watercolor paper and dissolved with a wet brush
  • not easy to sharpen, so maybe difficult to create details and lines
  • Water-soluble sticks vs. watercolor crayons
    • you don’t know the ingredients of regular watercolor crayons or how lightfast they are, they all can behave differently!

In my video below I tell you a bit more about the differences between watercolor pencils, markers and sticks and some techniques with these supplies!

Plus, I tell you if you really need any of those supplies for your watercolor journey no matter where you’re at right now!

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