The Frugal Crafter has mentioned, and demonstrated, the Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils multiple times. Recently the Holiday catalog came from Dick Blick's Art Supplies. There were deep discounts on these pencils. I looked at them for quite some time. Ordered the small set to try them out, BUT had the order declined because of a problem with my payment. It turns out that I had not updated my online buying method the last time my info was stolen by someone in Texas...
After I fixed the purchasing info I started looking around to see if I could get these Inktense pencils at the same price elsewhere. I could! At a site which had no shipping charges! SO I went ahead and made the plunge, going for this much bigger box.
So far I have not done any real work with the pencils, but winter is coming on. I am hoping to give up many of the other activities on my plate and hunker down with these pencils, a pot of water, and some wonderful Arches watercolor paper which was a gift from a friend. Well, and maybe a basket of previously started knitting projects...knitting is always good winter work in a rocking chair beside the woodstove.
When Lindsay Weirich suggests any color supply set, she usually says to purchase the largest set you can afford rather than buying a small set then a larger one, since that way you always have duplicate implements. I did not want to go the $100 set, which was the largest offered and which price was half price at Blick. Yikes! One hundred dollars was half price!!! I could not afford that set. (Actually, I want to spend the next $100 I have to play with on DNA testing, for whatever that will be worth.)
When I have anything completed, I will show and tell my experience with these Inktense pencils.