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Liquid Pencil

Have you ever been sketching and wanted to cover a larger area quickly? or wanted to just variegate the tone very subtly similar to using a watercolour? Well Derivan Liquid Pencil is capable of all these things and more.

Derivan Liquid Pencil is an innovative new product that allows you to create authentic graphite pencil effects and pencil sketches using a liquid.  It has been formulated to be easily thinned with water or MM9 Acrylic Painting Medium (to maintain permanency) and allow for the softest of colours to be applied with a brush, nib, or other art tools. With a consistency of cream, and a different rheology, artists now have a wider scope for creating sketches.

Derivan Liquid Pencil is available in six graphite shades each with a permanent or rewettable formula.


New! - link to new Liquid Pencil technique videos



Watch Sue Raccanello paint a baby elephant
Watch Sue Raccanello paint a monkey



Watch Sue Raccanello paint an apple
Watch Sue Raccanello paint a daisy


Liquid PencilDue to a precisely balanced formulation another great benefit of the Permanent liquid pencil is that it  will “burnish up’ in a similar manner to traditional graphite but it will not smudge. 

The rewettable formula will also allow you to remove areas using water – in a similar manner to watercolour techniques, or it is possible to use with a traditional eraser.  Another advantage to using Derivan Liquid Pencil is that large areas can be built up and covered quickly and easily.

Each of the shades have a definite graphite colour, however, there are distinct undertones such as blue, yellow red, sepia and neutral in two different strengths to allow a great range of options for artists. Derivan Liquid Pencil – a revolutionary way to create sketches.


Watch more Liquid Pencil videos on this page.

Watch the Liquid Pencil videos on this page

Liquid Pencil Artworks

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'Sketching' an Emu by Sue Raccanello

Frill Neck Lizard by Sue Raccanello (Sepia)

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liquid pencil

Creating a sketch with a paintbrush by Sue Raccanello

'Monkey Business' by Sue Raccanello

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liquid pencil

Portrait by Paul McCarthy

Rose by Judy White


Liquid Pencil demo by Sue Raccanello
Liquid Pencil demo by Catherine Harry


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