Basic Watercolor Techniques with Albrecht Dürer Magnus Watercolor Pencils

watercolor horse and watercolor pencil

Watercolor tips and techniques with Albrecht Dürer Magnus!

The Albrecht Dürer Magnus is fully water soluble thanks to the high-quality materials and the experience of Faber-Castell. This enables perfect color transitions between dry and wet areas and enables lines to merge seamlessly into areas of color. With only a few brush strokes, the color can be painted on finely or over large areas and unfolds its unique color intensity in its watercolor state. Thanks to the voluminous lead, a large number of pigments can be applied quickly and watercolored afterwards. The color intensity varies between vibrant colors and pastel shades depending on the amount of water used. If a more intense color effect is required, color can be applied on a separate sheet of paper, dissolved and applied to the already watercolored area.

Painting Over the Color

Watercolor lines

Painting over the color with a moist paintbrush turns the pigment on the paper into a vibrant watercolor painting.

Drawing on Wet Paper

Watercolor squiggles

The pencil gives off lots of color when drawing on wet paper. The strokes flow differently on the moist surface depending on the level of moisture.

Mixed Shades

Blue watercolor

Interesting effects and unique mixed shades can be achieved by spraying the color with water with a misting bottle.

Hatching and Cross Hatching

Watercolor pencil with cross hatching

Holding the Albrecht Dürer Magnus at a steep angle creates fine lines. This pen posture is ideal for cross hatches and exact lines, e.g. for sketching.


Watercolor pencil with red shading

Holding the pencil at a very shallow angle and pressing lightly (shading) creates an even layer of color.

Varying Shades

Watercolor pencil with red shading

Different shades of color can be created by varying the pressure on the pencil. The Albrecht Dürer Magnus is designed to withstand even extreme pressure, allowing intense, clearly defined areas of color to be produced.

Vibrant Colors

Watercolor lines

Light colors are transparent, while dark colors are opaque. Laying down layers of color on top of each another from light to dark increases the brilliance and vibrancy of the color.

Mixed Colors

Mixed watercolor lines

A large number of closely spaced lines gives an effect which can be modified and intensified by overlaying different colors. Different mixed colors can be created depending on the order in which the colors are layered.


Watercolor pencil with eraser and paper

Erasers are not only great for fixing mistakes, but can also be used in a targeted way: Once applied, color can be removed from the paper with an eraser to create intentional white spaces or less intensive colored areas.


watercolor horse with watercolor pencil and knife

With a knife, color pigments can be placed on a drawing and rubbed with a paper wiper to create great effects.


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