Goldfaber Watercolor Pencils

All The Watercolors

I gathered up all of my Faber-Castell watercolor tools to do a quick comparison and also to show a few different techniques to use with each one.

Final Watercolor


1. Connector Paints


2. Watercolor EcoPencils


3. Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour Pencils


4. Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils


5. Albrecht Durer Watercolour Markers


6. Gelatos



The Lettering Fern

Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern

Sketchbook on the go with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencil Roll


Hi everyone, Mou here! How do you stay creative during summer break? This question particularly applies to all who get extra busy during summer as the kids stay home. I am one of you, so staying creative during summer can sometimes be a slight challenge. I try to be creative daily and sometimes that means I am sketching on the go, making use of small pockets of time. I find that creating on the go is easier with the appropriate tools and here are some of my favorites -

Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencil, pencil roll, 30 pieces (#114652)

Faber-Castell Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

Faber-Castell Graphite pencil Grip 2001 with eraser HB (#117200)

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen black box of 4 (S, F, M, B) (#567100)

Watercolor paper/ Sketchbook


If you are wondering about inspiration, my suggestion is to simply look around mindfully wherever you are - be it your kitchen or at the beach or when you go to your mailbox. You'll find something interesting to draw and study if you like to sketch. If sketching is not your thing, take inspiration for colors, textures, materials, etc. I sketched a pinecone that I found by my mailbox this morning when I took my daughter to the stop for the day camp bus. 

Start with a light pencil sketch of the object of your choice. I choose a pencil with an eraser attached. I also use a kneaded eraser sometimes because then I have an eraser that's clean at all times and no eraser shavings to deal with.


Trace the pencil lines with S-tip Black PITT pen. Being permanent India ink, there is no risk of ink smudging if you choose to use watercolors next.


The Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils come as open stock, in boxed sets as well as this fun 30-piece roll for sketching on-the-go. I take this with me when I travel. This roll includes a sharpener and a round brush too.


You can leave the colors dry, or like I do, use a waterbrush to blend the colors. Having a waterbrush is very helpful as it rules out the risk of spilling water while you are out and about or working in tight or uneven spaces.

Patriotic Lettering with Goldfaber Aqua


Memorial Day is a day to remember those who fight for our freedom. We may not know them all, but we owe them all. Show them how patriotic you can be with your Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils and Pitt Artist pens!




Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting them using every art supply she can get her hands on. From brush pens to watercolor and everything in between!





Goldfaber Aqua Blending

It's blending tiiiime!

Let's start with our Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils and some Pitt Artist pens.



Using a Pitt pen in a very light color (this one is Warm Grey I), letter your choice of words. This will give you something to "color in" with the watercolor pencils, which will keep your lettering smooth and consistent.



Next, choose your colors! I have the primaries here, plus purple, to make a rainbow effect. Go ahead and color your letters in.



Take a wet paintbrush, and go over the pencil marks. You don't want a soaking wet brush. Just damp enough to turn the pencil into watercolor. Too much water, and it'll get messy. Blend your colors together! I picked the primaries so that I could also get orange and green out of mixing them together, but feel free to pick blues or pinks, or whatever combo you like! If you're worried about which ones to pick, you can always scribble on a scrap piece of paper and blend until you find a combination you love!



Take a Pitt pen in Cold Grey I, and shadow your letters.



Then using the same brush pen, and a small fineliner pen, finish up your quote! Mix fonts! Mix shadows! Mix colors! Just be creative and have some fun!





Photo Feb 14  2 32 01 PMChelsea has a not-so-slight obsession with all things lettering. Watching lettering videos is what got her started, and you can usually find her posting videos using every art supply she can get her hands on. From watercolor to brush pens, and everything in between!

Watercolor Pencil Block Letter Blends


First, you want to lightly sketch out your block letters.


Then, start filling in the block letters with the watercolor pencils. I used a mix of 4 colors (2 reds and 2 pinks) starting with the darkest color on the bottom of the letters. 

*Repeat this step until you have filled in all the letters.


Once you have colored in the full letter, just add water! Don't worry about filling in all the white spaces with the pencil because when you add water it will even out.


If you want, you can use a black Pitt Artist pen to add in details, like the outline I added in the next picture. 



The Lettering Fern

Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern

Small Gift Tags

Creating small gift tags can be fun and easy-to-do!

Materials Used:

Goldfaber Aqua

For the background, I used most of the blue pencils in the collection. When I put the color on the paper I would overlap the colors a little bit to make a smoother transition.

Background Before Water

Once you are done with the watercolor pencils you add water! I like to use a bigger brush that will hold more water.

Background During Water

After all the colors have been activated by water and the blend looks the way you want, let it dry (you can speed this up a bit by using a paper towel to dab up and extra water, you can also use a heat source like a hair dryer to finish drying the background).

Background After Water

Use a circle paper punch (or whatever size/shape paper punch you would like) to cut out the tags!

Punched Tags

Write whatever messages you would like on the tags!

Small Gift Tags



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Erin is a teacher by day and a creator by night. She loves to try and inspire creativity in her students everyday! Because she’s busy during the day, the night is when her creativity gets to explode into the world through lettering and messing around with watercolors. Her biggest advice would be to not compare your art to other people’s art! Be uniquely you!

The Lettering Fern

Landscape with Goldfaber Pencils


Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a landscape using Faber-Castell Creative Studio Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor and Color pencils. I really enjoy sketching outdoors whenever I get a chance. Where I live in New Jersey it’s pretty cold for a large part of the year but the landscapes here are breathtaking. There are old stone buildings, horse farms that stretch for acres as well as meadows with silo clusters with mountains in the horizon. What strikes me most about these landscapes are that they are ever-changing – I have driven by on misty autumn mornings, stopped by for fresh produce in summer afternoons – and every time I’m amazed by a different kind of beauty. Even if I can’t complete a painting on the spot, I try to at least begin the sketch. I take photos for reference so I can continue to work when I get back to my studio. I carry a sketch pad or a pack of watercolor papers, my Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor and Color pencils and a couple of filled water brushes with me in a tiny backpack. Today’s drawing was a result of one such adventure when I had to stop and capture the play of light around this old stone building. I finished the drawing later filling the landscape with elements from my own imagination.

Here's my supply list -

Now let me walk you through the stages of my drawing.


I began with a light pencil sketch of the building and the big tree right behind it with my GRIP 2001 Graphite pencil on a 9x6 inches watercolor paper.


Next, I filled in colors using the Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor pencils.


I added details with CASTELL 9000 Graphite pencil Jumbo 8B and filled in the landscape with the watercolor pencils.


Using the Deluxe Waterbrush, I created a quick wash blending the watercolor layer.


After laying the initial color layer down, I worked on adding details, texture, depth, highlights and shadows with the Goldfaber Color pencils.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and give landscapes a try with Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor and Color pencils.


Duck Pond Project

Lucky duck pond

Pond name

Duck pond 1

Creative Studio

Welcome to the studio, a place to relax, to be inspired and to develop your
own creative potential. Here, we will explore ideas and create art with mediums
and techniques that will have you achieving rewarding results with your own art.

In this lesson plan, we explore the art of nature journaling, translating our
outdoor adventures and observations in nature with watercolor pencils.

Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils are an impressive medium. They offer
the unique combination of pencil sketching and painting, making them ideal for
casual, spontaneous artwork in or out of the studio. Their vibrant colors and ease
of use make them fun to use and they are easily mastered with a little practice.


Faber-Castell Goldfaber Aqua Watercolor Pencils
Graphite Pencil
Hand-held Sharpener
Faber-Castell Kneaded Eraser
Variety of Flat and Round Brushes
Paper Towels
Faber-Castell Watercolor Pad 9 x 12 or a journal made up of watercolor paper

Why Nature Journaling?

Experts say that the benefits of getting outside and connecting with nature
through creating art is not only good for your health, it could get you hooked. To
describe the basic experience in a few words, nature journaling can be seen as
a form of meditation, filling you with a sense of calm and well being. Unlike silent
meditation, the act of observing and recording the beauty around you through
sketching and painting keeps the brain focused, making it difficult to drift off to all
of life’s stresses.

“Part of the lure of keeping a nature journal is
the world you enter when you open it. Working
in it sets up an island of quiet and deliberateness
to which you will long to return. ”
- Hannah Hinchman, Artist/Naturalist

Gather a few art materials and go take a walk, a hike, or a trip; just get outside
and explore; discover all the beauty and peace that nature has to offer!

Let the following steps serve as inspiration and guidance in getting started
on your own artistic journey. Take your time and enjoy your new practice, it will
change your life.



The Pond

When I came across this
lovely duck pond, I knew that Pond2
I wanted to paint it. I sat down
on the grassy bank and made
a sketch in my journal while
some noisy ducks hid quacking
in the tall grasses nearby. As
it was nearing dusk, I realized
that the best way to continue
would be to work from a photo
back at the studio.

I took this picture on my
phone for later reference.



TIP:You can enhance the quality of your photo
by brightening and defining it a bit in editing
on your phone. You can then transfer the
photo to your desk or laptop for reference

Choose Colors and Experiment:

It is important to plan your colors before getting started, giving thought to
the mixes and placement of them in the painting. Back at the studio, I began to
experiment with the watercolor pencils, and finally settled on these colors and
mixes of them to produce other colors I saw in my photo.

One of the great advantages to watercolor pencils are their versatility. The
most basic way to use them is to sketch directly onto the paper, and then brush
water over them. The more pigment you apply to the paper, the darker the
color will be when water is added.

Another painting technique that I combine with the basic method, is
to create a palette of colors on a separate piece of watercolor paper by
scribbling the pencil, as shown below. From there, I can pick up the paint with
a wet brush and transfer to the artwork.

Look carefully at your reference photo and choose as many colors as
possible; more colors will help add more depth and interest to the artwork.

Here, I’ve layered the following numbered colors on my paper palette to use.

#170 #167 #173          #151 #233                  #107 #187                   #199


Begin With A Sketch:

Here is the quick graphite pencil sketch that I made at the pond. I began
by determining the horizon line of the water in the distance at the upper left.
I then sketched the curvy shoreline and then the duck house as the focal point.
I continued to compose my sketch with careful placement of fewer lily pads,
beginning with larger and more detailed ones in the foreground and smaller,
more loosely sketched ones as they fade into the distance.

Although a well thought out sketch is very important to begin with, it is only a
loose guide to position the basic elements. The look of the pond and number of
lily pads will ultimately be determined during the painting process.




Apply Watercolor Pencils:

In this step, I apply the watercolor pencils directly to the sketch. Referring to
the photo, I loosely color in shapes and areas of lights and darks. My plan is to
keep the foliage along the shoreline simple and fading out at the edge.

I layer some areas of the image with two to three different colors of pencil. By
applying varying pressure, I can darken and lighten the pigment. Note the dark
shadow that the duck house is casting in the water; this detail will help anchor the
structure and help to give the water a realistic look.

The following steps demonstrate how to add water, creating a series of washes
that will make up the finished art.

TIP:Set yourself up with a scrap piece of watercolor paper at hand to confirm the
colors you will be using and to experiment with blending methods and amount of
pressure you color with.



Paint With Water:

Here is where the surprising magic of watercolor pencils really impress!
Beginning in the back along the water’s edge, I use a soft, round brush and wet
the area. The paint comes alive. I begin to suggest a variation of foliage by gently
pushing the paint around into shapes.

For the water, I use a flat, wet brush. I begin in the distance, painting the
water in long sweeping motions from left to right as I move to the foreground. The
colors come to life as the variety of greens and blues blend. I create a soft, muted
effect in the back at the horizon line to suggest distance. This first wash will dry in
about 15 minutes.

While there is a good amount of control with the dry pencils, when the water is
added, the paint itself has a mind of it’s own and will do unexpected and beautiful
things. You can work with it to some degree but also relax and let it do its thing.

TIP:Use appropriate brush sizes and types. Larger brushes for larger areas will give
a smoother, less detailed effect; forcing you to use fewer brush strokes, which is
desirable in watercolor. Smaller brushes will work best for smaller areas. Round
brushes are used for softer edges, while flat brushes offer a useful straight edge.



Now, after the first wash has dried, it is time to add a second wash of detail. I
use the combination of both watercolor painting methods.

I pick up my mixed palette colors with my wet brush and add a layer of shorter,
sweeping streaks of color in the water. I use the edge of the flat brush, holding it’s
edge horizontally. I add faint, watery lily pads in the distance along the shoreline
and around the duck house. As I come forward, I paint the lily pads with more
detail and add simple flowers. I then paint the duck house.

Next I use the pencils and sketch directly onto the painting. I add more color
and texture to the water and sketch grasses on the shore and detail to the lily
pads in the foreground. I add water to some of it and leave other areas the dry
pencil texture.

TIP:It is important to replace your water when it starts getting murky from paint. Using
dirty water will affect your colors and muddy up your artwork. Consider working
with a few cups of water to reduce time spent changing out the same one.



Final Details:

The final details in the painting include a third wash of paint: more lily pads and
water detail, more shadows and grass detail.

I add texture and interest to the foliage with a paint spattering technique of
dipping a stiff brush into a pool of color and carefully flicking it on with my finger. I
protect the surrounding area with paper towel.

I paint shadows from the lily pads reflecting in the water. For this effect, I wet a
large area with clean water directly under each pad and then paint a narrow band
of darkness just underneath the pad. I prop the artwork upright to let the dark color
softly bleed downward into the wet area.

Finally, I add a few accents of yellow here and there, a shadow under the eaves
of duck house, and some lightly drawn line definition to the duck house and front
lily pads with a well sharpened dark watercolor pencil.

TIP:Try to paint in a light-handed way, layering thin, transparent washes. Leaving
small areas of the white paper showing through here and there allows the
painting to breathe, and adds an airiness.




Designing and Writing Your Journal Page:

In my finished journal page, I chose to complement the color painting with a
smaller, simple black and white sketch of the ducks hiding in the grasses that I
mentioned earlier. I sketched this pair with a sharp, black watercolor pencil. I then
very sparingly brushed on a small amount of water to create a light gray tone here
and there giving the ducks a bit more dimension.

The final element to add to the journal page is anything you want to write about
your experience; it can be notes, descriptions, incidents, thoughts, or memorable
observations. Design a date/weather mark, and don’t forget to sign your name!

I decided to call this nameless and ordinary little pond, Lucky Duck Pond, because
it looked like a pretty happy place to be a duck.

To download the tutorial in .pdf format, click here

Bringing You Some Holiday Cheer!


Hi everyone, Mou here today wishing you Happy Holidays! 

My little girl and I started playing a little holiday game of our own this year - whenever we are out and about, we count the cars driving home with Christmas trees on the roof. We have several Christmas tree farms around here which means people come from far and wide and even from New York City to get their trees. I decided to draw one such car and let me show you how I did it.

Let's start by looking at the supplies:


Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48

Deluxe Waterbrush

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil

And now, scroll down to see my step-by-step process.


Start with a light pencil sketch of a vintage-looking car with a Christmas tree tied to the top. Next, if you like, add a Holiday themed word below it.


Go over the pencil lines with the S-tip Black PITT Artist pen. Erase pencil lines.


Color the drawing with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.


Blend the colors with the Deluxe waterbrush. Because the PITT pen is an India ink pen, it is permanent when dry and will not smudge during wet blending.


Fill the space above the car with little circles also drawn with watercolor pencil to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils and PITT pens this Holiday for some creative joy!


A Christmas Painting


Hi everyone, Mou here today getting into the Holiday mood!

Today it's snowing out here and I have a little painting tutorial to celebrate the season. Let me show you the steps I took for the above painting so you can create one too.

For this painting, I used the following supplies:


Watercolor pencil Goldfaber Aqua tin of 48 (#114648) - 108,109, 115, 183, 273

Deluxe Waterbrush (#770306)

PITT Artist Pens S tip - BLACK

Gelatos® color - Iced Currant

Other - Watercolor paper, pencil


Start with a light pencil sketch of a floral planter with Holiday elements like pine cones, berries, etc.


Color the elements with Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils as shown.


Blend the colors with a brush dipped in water or use the Deluxe waterbrush . Let dry.


After the colors have dried completely, give the individual elements in the composition some definition with S-tip Black PITT Artist pen.

Next add more colors with the Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils to create visual depth and dimension.


Rub some Gelatos color Iced Currant, a gorgeous metallic red, onto a craft mat or palette and dilute the pigment with water. Dip your brush into it and use it as ink as you hand-letter the word 'joy' under the painting.

Add some touches of the Iced Currant Gelatos on the berries and the planter to bring some added shin to the painting as a finishing touch.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will pull out your watercolor pencils, Gelatos and PITT pens this Holiday for some creative joy!