My favourite green watercolour pencils

October 18, 2021 | 2 Comments

Some of you have been asking for a listing of my current pencils/watercolour pencils (WCPs) and while my selection is still in a state of flux, I will share that I currently have three favourite green pencils!

The first two I used from the very beginning and the third was recently added to my kit thanks to Alissa Duke (it’s one of her favourites!)

  • Caran d’ache Museum 719 Dark Phthalo Green
  • Derwent Inktense 1550 Spring Green
  • Faber Castell Albrecht Durer 172 Earth Green

These are colours that I find essential for my Australian bush scenes. Most of the time I modify the colour of the WCP with paint rather than simply add water to it so I can achieve a great range from grey greens to brighter warmer greens.

The other greens in my kit are not so locked in:

  • Derwent Coloursoft C460 Lime Green (this is a coloured pencil so I use it when I want to use it as a resist to my watercolour)
  • Caran d’ache Museum 015 Olive Yellow
  • Faber Castell Albrecht Durer167 Permanent Green  (I also have this in the Polychromos range)
  • Derwent Artist 42 Juniper Green (another coloured pencil)

As for some other colours I can’t do without (for tree trunks):

  • Caran d’ache Museum 902 10% Sepia
  • Caran d’ache Museum 808 French Grey

I ran out of room on my page for more swatches but I also love these colours in the Caran d’ache Museum range: Light Blue, Cassell Earth, Russet and Anthraquinoid Pink.

And oh! by the way, I’m still sketching bush scenes daily (Mon-Sat) and I’m still obsessed with using markers in my Greenwood. Last week I started using my Walkit sketching bag again for my walking kit and it’s working perfectly for me with all my pencils and markers. Note: my walking kit has a few different watercolour pencils… but that’s another story. 🙂

What green watercolour pencils or coloured pencils do you use regularly?
Please let me know in the comment section below – thanks!


  • Jamie C says:

    Greens! My heart is in this post, for sure! Adoring that Dark Pthalo green pencil. I wear that color a lot, lol! Do your pencils/brushes, etc fall out of your Walkit? I have one and I’ve been hesitant to try taking it out for fear things will fall out—especially in the car getting to my destination.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Hi Jamie – yes that Dark Phthalo is gorgeous!!!! Yes pens will fall out of Walkit but surprisingly I haven’t tipped it over so far 🙂

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