Derwent Blender and Burnisher Pencil Pack

£7.89

BLENDER AND BURNISHER PENCIL PACK
2    Blender Pencils
2    Burnishing Pencils
1    Sharpener
1    Eraser

If you are working with coloured pencils and want to create a subtle blend of colours then the Derwent Blender Pencil is the ideal accessory.

It is a soft colourless pencil made from the binder used for making coloured pencils and allows you to blend two or more colours together to create a new colour. At the same time it physically mixes and smoothes the colours so individual strokes and hard edges are softened.

The Derwent Burnisher is a hard colourless pencil which when used over layers of pigment provides a rich polished finish. Burnishing pushes the pigment into the paper and leaves a very well blended, photo like finish. By sealing the image with a heavy wax it gives the image a polished or reflective look and makes the colours appear brighter.

The Burnisher can also be used for the wax resist technique; draw your required design, this will add a layer of wax to the surface, then add your colour. The wax layer will resist the coloured pencil thus leaving that part of your drawing white.


Made in Britain at the Derwent factory in the picturesque Lake District. First established in 1832, the company began making pencils from local graphite deposits found in the hills nearby. The company has grown over the years and now has a very modern factory producing a large range of pencils and art materials. We visited the factory in 2012 and watched the pencils being made. The lead, or core, is made from a combination of clay, graphite and pigments. This is then sandwiched in two sides of red cedar, known as slats, which are glued together. These completed cedar slats are then cut to a round or hexagonal shape, depending on the pencil type.The pencil is then cut to size, spray painted and then the tops are dipped in paint, the colour of which denotes the series and colour of the pencil. Each pencil is dipped twice, the end colour denotes the colour of the lead and the stripe denotes the pencil type. Finally the pencils are sharpened to a point and put into tins or boxes which are shrink wrapped, ready for dispatch.

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