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DALER ROWNEY


Daler Rowney are one of the largest UK art materials suppliers, and as such, make their products available through most art retailers in the UK.

A few years ago, they ceased marketing Derwent pencils and introduced a line of watercolour pencils of their own to their materials range . These are sold as sets, with the full set numbering 36 colours.  

They have advertised them in the past as having the same pigments as their watercolours.

They are not a major player in the pencil market and as they have not responded to a request for a sample, I have not seen fit to buy a box just to test them, I cannot comment on their standard.

I have, in fact, written to them on several occasions since 2009 asking if they will provide information on the pencil ranges they manufacture ( both Watercolour pencil and Pastel pencils ) but as at December 2012 they have not seen fit to even acknowledge  enquiries.  This is unusual as other manufacturers are very helpful and forthcoming with information.


I would expect the pencils to have quality ingredients and behave well, but the colour range is small and there are such a wide selection of good alternatives on the market that I would tend to look elsewhere.


I believe that they are probably manufactured in Europe by a major pencil manufacturer and the Pastel pencils which Daler Rowney also market have a number of similarities to the Cretacolour Pastel Pencils, though the colour range is not the same

( and Cretacolour have a bigger colour range anyway).  My own feeling is that pencils only sold in sets are not a good buy as colours cannot be replaced easily when they are used up.


You may get more information on the Daler Rowney website at     www.daler-rowney.com

Latest revision December 2012

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