What Is The Difference Between Watercolor Pencils, Markers & Sticks

What Is The Difference Between Watercolor Pencils, Markers & Sticks

– Have you noticed you can
find water color pencils, markers, sticks and even crayons nowadays? In this video you’re going to learn about all the differences and similarities and most importantly, if you actually need any of them? (keyboard typing) Watercolor pencils look and feel just like regular color pencils. You hold them the same way. You sharpen them the same way and you can even erase them. But they have a hidden power inside them that you can unleash with
just a little bit of water. The material that holds
the pigments together is water soluble which means
that when you add the water the pencil releases even more pigments and creates effect similar
to regular watercolor paints, which is not possible with
regular color pencils. So are watercolor pencils
just regular watercolors in the shape of a pencil? (pop pop pop pop) Well, not really. They’re not the same but related and can be used together. Watercolor pencils are
usually a lot less expensive compared to regular watercolors and they’re also more
portable and convenient. You can simply take a brush
with a water tank on the go and get creative without
creating the usual mess. You can also create small
details and fine lines because you can simply sharpen the tip. But you can also use watercolor pencils as an addition to your regular watercolors to add more details to
a touch up your things or simply make the painting
look more interesting with additional design elements. How you should use watercolor
pencils is really up to you. To not overwhelm you
with too much information I will focus on just a
few simple techniques. Watercolor pencils are super versatile. Apart from just drawing on the paper and then simply activating the pigments with a wet brush, what you can also do, you can just dip the tip of your pencil in some water and then you can add an interesting texture to your painting. You can even wet the brush and load it up with pigments directly
from the watercolor pencil. One of the ways to mix colors
is by layering two colors and then activating them with water. But there are so many
other cool techniques that you can try out. I actually made a video a while ago where I show more things you can do with watercolor pencils so check it out. After watching this video
I will have the link in the description box down below. Now, keep in mind that
if you want to use a lot of water in your painting
I would rather go for watercolor paper
because it’s made especially for a water-based medium
and you don’t really have to worry about paper being ripped or being too waffy and also the colors will look a lot more vibrant. Also, I have a whole separate video about watercolor paper, what you should look out for? I walk you through the whole
process so you should check it out after watching this video. I will also have the link
in the description box down below so don’t
forget to check it out. If you’re worried about how lightfast the water color pencils are I would always check
the brand individually and see what pigments they use, what they’re saying, if they even say anything
about lightfastness, if it’s something that
is important to you. But even though they’re
called watercolor pencils you still might not be able to
use the exact same techniques as you would do with regular watercolors. (keyboard typing) Watercolor markers are
just regular markers but can also be used like
watercolors if you add water. Compared to watercolor
pencils they contain a lot more pigments and
are a lot more vibrant. They can have different
nibs from soft to flexible to anything else that allow you to create different shaped lines. Watercolor markers can also
be used for loose paintings, for on-the-go, for example, for urban sketching if you combine them with a brush that has a water tank because they are like
portable watercolors in a pen, similar to watercolor pencils. And because they’re so versatile
you cannot only use them as regular markers to draw
lines and fill bigger areas, which can take you less time
compared to watercolor pencils, but you can also create cool effects when you activate the pigments with water. You can go from very dark
to a very light color depending on how much water you are using. Since watercolor markers
are so vibrant immediately you may have to play
around with them first to get a feel for how
much you should apply and how much water you’ll actually need? If it’s easier for you you
can also use a mixing pallette and just scribble the paint
onto the mixing pallette and then all you need to do is add water and then you can use the marker
the same way as watercolors. But keep in mind that when
you use the mixing pallette the colors will be a
little bit less intense as straight from the marker. Watercolor markers by the
brand called Faber-Castell, for example, they’re
designed to behave exactly like watercolors so you can
use different techniques that you would use for regular watercolors such as glazing white and red or even create sprinkles if you want, anything that you can think of. But keep in mind that
there are a lot of markers that can be used as
watercolors when you add water but they can still behave
completely different compared to each other. Usually they are designed
for hand lettering and for just simple watercolory effects, so they don’t really have to behave completely like watercolors. As I said earlier, if you use a water-based
medium and you use a lot of water it’s best to
go for watercolor paper so it can handle all that water. But how the markers perform also depends on what watercolor paper you’re using. On some paper, for example, it was completely streaky. I couldn’t dissolve any of the pigments but on some other paper
it was a lot better. I think it really depends
on how the paper was made, what ingredients are inside this paper? There are so many factors to keep in mind. Another issue you could
have with the markers is smudging, for example, when you outline your
artwork with a pencil or with a fine liner and
go directly on top of it. So I would rather go for an
H pencil that is very hard or either use watercolor pencils because they just melt into your painting and won’t be visible later. As I said earlier, there are a ton of different markers that can behave like watercolors, but the quality really
depends on the brand and how they made it because
sometimes they use dyes which means that the paint or the color will fade over time. But it might not be an
issue for you if you, for example, want to scan your work. So make sure you read all information the brand tells you really carefully. (keyboard typing) Watercolor sticks might
look like regular oil or chalk pastels but they’re
actually water soluble. With their soft and
sometimes creamy consistency you can apply the color
to your watercolor paper and then dissolve it with a wet brush. You can either apply
them to wet or dry paper and achieve different results. Some watercolor sticks
are a lot less precise with their flat edge and
it’s not always possible to sharpen them so it might
be a little bit difficult to create fine details. You might wander what is
actually the difference between watercolor sticks
and watercolor crayons? In this case, for example, I’m using the Daniel
Smith Watercolor Sticks. They are basically exactly the same high quality watercolors, just in the shape of a stick. With regular watercolor
crayons you might not have all this information. You don’t really know
what ingredients they use, what pigments, how lightfast they are and how their overall quality will be but if it’s something you
don’t really care about and you just want to
have fun and be colorful and experiment then they still
can be totally fine for you. In my test it was a little bit difficult to dissolve both on the paper. I even used very smooth paper to do that. So personally, I wouldn’t
directly draw on the paper and then dissolve it. If I would use the Daniel
Smith Watercolor Sticks I would actually use them
like regular watercolors, because you can either
pick up the pigments with your watercolor
brush or you can cut it in smaller pieces and place
them into an empty pen, which makes it really
versatile and convenient, in my opinion. I also tried that with one
of my watercolor crayons but it didn’t really work. Now, the price really depends
on the brand and the quality. For example, if you would go for the Daniel Smith Watercolor Sticks you would actually get three full pens with just one stick, according to their website. And every stick has the same price which means you can even get their expensive watercolor
tubes for a lot cheaper which is amazing and makes
it worth the money, I think. All right, so do I
really need any of that? I think it’s important to keep in mind that even though they can
behave similar to watercolors they still have their own personality. So instead of forcing out
the exact same behavior and the exact same results
as you would expect from regular watercolors
I would rather think about what unique elements
they can add to your art and your personal painting style. If you’re a complete watercolor beginner and you’re just too afraid to
use the regular watercolors you can go, for example, for the watercolor pencils
to just get familiar with the concept of pigments and water. And if you’re already familiar with watercolors all
those three can be great for mixed media, for on-the-go or if you want to save money on the Daniel Smith Watercolors. But don’t feel like you
absolutely have to use them, you can always just test them
out and see how you like it because at the end of the
day it really comes down to your personal style and
how you like to paint or draw. If you want to learn more
about watercolor supplies you can check out the videos right here. I really hope it was helpful. Thank you so much for watching. Have a wonderful day and I will see you in my next video, bye. (relaxing music)


  • makoccino says:

    Hey! Happy Saturday! In today's video I will finally cover some more questions you had about watercolor pencils, markers and sticks/crayons, so I hope it will be helpful for you!

  • Reviews 24/7 says:

    Here's the deal, you can dislike my comment all u want, as long as u like this vid!

  • Ashy is drawing says:

    I prefer water color pencils! Alot of my buddies hate and complain about watercolor pencils QUQ I am never really understood it

  • Reviews 24/7 says:

    I wish I could subscribe twice

  • Dixit Koteshwar says:

    Just awesome

  • Mangai Ramraj says:

    Wow, that was a really good one and it is so helpful for us to know about each product ,it's details and the difference 😊. Thank you so much Mako! Curious to try them out😁 . In fact, I came to know that there are watercolor sticks. Love you 😘 #makoficationsquad

  • Mìn A.R.M.Y says:

    I love you so much pặc pặc :3

  • Jenni La says:

    Great video!

  • Player 1313 says:

    Want to hear a pencil joke? Oh wait, it's pointless. #makofictionsquad

  • Krzysztof Teske says:

    @Olsikowa jak tam spotkanie w Krakowie

  • Rushikesh shiwankar says:

    Can you please make a vedio on architectural water color rendering technique 😊😊

  • Katrina Kelly says:

    I had no idea there was watercolor sticks! #makoficationsquad

  • Hope A. says:

    Thank you so much that was really helpful, and by the way your hair looks amazing ✨

  • Aditi Gupta says:

    I really love the ambience your videos create and the way you explain everything in such a sweet and friendly manner!!!
    Thx for your videos!!!!!

  • Priya darshini says:


  • Neel Shah says:

    Your artwork inspires me Mako!💖
    Another helpful video 👍🏻

  • Salty Crackers says:

    You should try tessellations

  • SaH Lohan Art says:

    Very informative video, thanks

  • Kayla Noodle says:

    Another use for watercolor pencils! (For the 2% that'll see this hah)
    Have you ever made a sketch, lightly erased it, and then put watercolor over it?
    Sometimes the erasing doesn't help, and it shows through.
    Instead of sketching with your regular pencil, use watercolor pencils!
    I recommend using watercolor pencil colors that will go with your watercolor palette.

  • Amélie Medina says:

    My favorite art channel <3

  • Haruki Kino says:

    I did not even know watercolor sticks were even a thing! I must be still living under a rock -.-

  • Unat Pannu says:


  • rashmi kalia says:

    You look like Demi lovato😊

  • Evie F. says:

    Very helpful! 👌🏻

  • Milagros villafuerte says:

    #makoficationsquad i love you can you please make an other upcycling art hacks video❤

  • Ali Ali says:

    Well the vedio was really helpful like ever, but I thought you should make vedio on calligraphy supplies & letter drawing techniques love you alot keep going on shearing your lovely art experiences 😍😘

  • Anantha Surisetty says:

    Thank u for enlightening about these implements… It would be surely amazing to use these

  • Humayra Hussein says:

    This is actually very helpful,so are all your videos

  • Malak m says:

    This was very very helpful thanks for this video love you mako

  • lazy Perfectionist says:

    Personally I find that the best method with watercolour crayons is to have a separate sheet of watercolour paper as a "pallet" and scribble a thick thumbnail-sized amount of the crayon, dissolve it into the right consistency depending on how watery you want it, and then transfer it to the artwork. It works quite well with either a small/tiny amount of water and a large amount of water, and although you do end up wasting a watercolour paper I do find the result a lot more enjoyable than trying to get the pigment off the crayon directly or applying the crayon dry and then dissolving it

  • Eulili says:

    Have you tried Dr. Ph. Martins Radiant Watercolor?

  • Mohamed Hegazi says:

    Can you do a video showing us how you edit your videos

  • Полина Зверева says:


  • Mohamed Hegazi says:

    You always inspires me I love your videos so much they're so helpful and you are a pretty girl I I really love you and I hope you read my comment

  • Ashley Mcdole says:

    Such a helpful video

  • LPSTate says:

    Thank you so much! I have now learned the secrets of watercolours…

  • Donna G says:

    I have 4 of the Daniel Smith watercolor sticks. I don't use them often; but, have tried them by scribbling them onto my palette and using them that way. I have also used them by touching a wet brush to the stick. Either way works for me. I think it is the type of paper that I use; but, I don't find the sticks will rewet very well if I use a dry stick directly on dry paper. But, if I use a baby wipe to blend the color out, it does blend out really well.

  • Galaxy of Art says:

    Oh no!!!! I am late!!! Btw it's a useful piece again! 😍😍😄😄😄😄😉😉😉😉💓💓💓💓#makoficationsquad

  • Alex Hellar says:

    Can I ask what brush you are using ? I really love watercolour,it's just that I'm really had at staying inside lines and stuff

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  • Hannah Williams says:

    Super helpful thank you! 😄

  • Ishika Verma says:

    I always use watercolour pencils for creating textures…they really help a lot and also I love layering them for mixing to create different colours 😁❤️

  • Muhsi Muneer says:

    Omg mako I love you!!!! Ur voice is so motivational 😍😍😍#makoficationsquad

  • Clyde crimsoncrow says:

    Mine cost 1.00

  • Nilofar Rahman says:

    U are awsome 😊

  • Aroona Ayub says:

    hi mako! i started to love to do painting recently and i dont have much supplies so can you tell me where can i get a little cheap supplies and also tell me where to get white pens

  • Aroona Ayub says:

    as being a beginner i create paintings and start hating them,so can you tell me when you just took a start so how you overcame this situation

  • Khanak Jain says:

    Wow I had water color pens and I didn't even know how to use em! These video is perfect for me!😁💖

  • Katy Watterniaux - Peeters says:

    I wish i could watch this video. Unfortunately the music was way to loud in comparison to what she was saying. To distracting.

  • Josh Graham says:

    I wonder when they’ll come out with watercolour paints

  • Yo Wa says:



    ( * ^ * )

  • kajal tejani says:

    Just want some diy or anything different than painting : )

  • Christopher Caplinger says:

    Could you please do more oil pastel art? I got some for Christmas and I don't know what I am doing

  • the temptation draw hyukiru-senpai says:

    Can you make a video about mix media?
    It would be so nice!!

  • Paty Mendoza says:

    Hi Mako! I want to ask you what is the difference using oil watercolor crayons from the regular watercolor pencils. Thankyou

  • alifah shafa' says:

    Wow yes, I want to try the stick version! I hope I can found it here in my country. I just bought a watercolor pocket edition just days ago but well, I can't get enough of watercolors in my desk

  • Poorwa Sawant says:

    Love you

  • Snufkin Crime Time says:

    the stick is my brother that’s one of the difference

  • Charley Wang says:

    Learn from you, in addition to painting techniques, and diligence, because there are 10 days of outdoor sketch travel, I took a lot of video material, so I am also uploading a new video every day.向你学习,除了绘画技法,还有勤奋,因为有10天户外写生旅行,我拍了很多视频素材,所以,我现在也是每天在上传一个视频。

  • Chelox Singracia says:

    I wish you made a video using graphite pencil water soluble. Please.
    I love your videos

  • HIBA HASSAN says:

    I have always wondered why they were called water color pencils

  • Ocrion says:

    Whoa what is that pencil sharpener?

  • Matija Radulović says:

    I started using watercolor pencils a week ago and this really helped.Thanks Mako!!! #makoficationsquad

  • Fluffy says:

    I bought the caran d'ache crayons or pastels, just the smallest one they sell. I don't use them a lot, I feel like they are not for details, but for something like a sea they work okay. I stick to watercolor pencils and mostly just watercolors of different brands with different characteristics for them all. I have a pearlescent one (well two but I can't find one of them and ordered a cheaper version I Iike much better on paper!), tropical colors which are very opaque so layering isn't really a thing with them. I have old cheap stuff, new cheap stuff and new more expensive stuff like Arteza. They are not top notch best of the best but I like them.

    With the "pastels" I just feel like it's best usable for a larger area of you color first, but I like the idea of cutting them off and put in an empty pan. I'd use it more that way probably.

    But I'm a rookie. I do have a lot of stuff for a beginner, but I wanted to see and feel the difference and decide what I would like to work with. My moonlit – clouded night – building with some lights – trea in the foreground with two sort of owls on the right came out much better than I thought. I did the splatter for some stars and I'm happy how it was when it was dry. And I practice the changing of colors like blue becoming red or yellow by watering down the paint on top. Maybe the crayons will work for that too, I should give it a go. As said, just as background paint or use it into an empty pan as if it is waterpaint.
    Thank you for the tips 🌸

  • Bluish Ice says:

    Can you make a difference between hot pressed, cold pressed, and rough watercolor paper?

  • Noorain Amatul Aziz says:

    i really hope you do a video on watercolor brush pens

    i just got some and i need help

    also love you vids Mako!

  • MD penting says:

    Very nice painting hum bhi achhi khasi painting bana lete ha

  • Inifinty TB says:

    This video really helped. I bought some watercolor pencils a couple of days ago and these tips are great for beginners. I use watercolor paint often too!

  • Archana Daduria says:

    Hey Makoccino well can you also start giving links of the products with the price mentioned in Indian rupees pls if you can since many of your subscribers are Indians
    And I wanna tell you one of the biggest problems of Indian artists that there are really less options for us and also if we think of using certain art supplies of other countries they are really costly for us since 1 USD is 70 Indian rupees (approx) so can you help me with this problem
    And by the way your videos are really good and helpful 😀

  • Dhruv Goel says:

    It was very helpful because my brother bought me some water color pencils and I wanted to try new techniques with 'em…. Love from India

  • B R O k E N V I B E S says:

    #makoficationsquad I love watercolor and I can used it but I don't have an idea what to paint 😅😅😅, So I watch you (makocinno)

  • Jaffer Jaffer says:

    Thanks for teaching me

  • SUDHA DUBEY says:

    Love your videos

  • Not specific, just Artistic says:

    Ur pretty… a pReTtY gOoD aRtIsT

    But ur also pretty XD

  • Olivia Tisdell says:

    hey mako. I love your content your so talented. could you please do some easy watercolour paintings inspo and you should do a giveaway again because it’s been a while 🙂

  • Parkross art says:

    Thank you video~!

  • mamadoritos says:

    I see lots of artists using Prisma pencils… how do you feel about them? Is there any difference from Faber-Castell or Caran d'Ashe (the ones I have)?

  • Arshia Jindal says:

    Please create a video that how to create cute faces

  • blink box says:

    your channel is sooooo satisfying!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  • Mufasa #TeamNesquik says:

    Males colored pencils work too , they even work better , try them out

  • Rija Ghori says:

    Please do more art journal of water color or pencils please!!

  • Syana Zahra says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for your tips and everything, they help a lot..hmm, can you make a video of 'how to/the function of each type of brushes' I can't find any of them at YouTube or anywhere. i think it will help more.. hihi 🙂

  • Asangla Chang says:

    I personally prefer watercolour pencils

  • May Loo says:

    When you use watercolor paper, do you have any preference as to whether you gesso or not?

  • Ngaitin Haokip says:

    Your videos are always understandable. Tks. I subscribed

  • Izhanget Gurl says:

    Damn,thank you for this!it really does help me because i dont have any artistic on me hahahhaha i'm on grafting accidentally because my friend put that hahaha myghass

  • Fre Judcinsf says:

    Did anyone noticed the bob Ross painting at the back that she learned from

  • WaiThetOo Mon says:

    Are U German

  • Trang Hoàng says:

    I love your videos. I'm your fan from Vietnam

  • Shelby Funkhouser says:

    Is it sad that the first thing I thought of was “ wudder”

  • MaxusFox23 says:

    Well, seems it's time to dust off my faber-castell pencils!

  • Marty Arty says:

    do the water color pencils apply dry? Like is there a certain time period I have to apply water to them?

  • Louise Marnell says:

    I love both the markers and the watercolor pencils because of how easily I can layer my colors before adding water

  • Roben says:

    Ur so pretty! And ur hair is fantastic!!

  • Viduthalai Rk says:

    I love the way she explains everything!! I'll use her method of explaining for my YouTube channel as well!! (Though I don't have one yet)

  • ชวภณ ประสมสุข says:

    I know eng

  • Y A S H N Y says:

    I love how simple yet informative your video is! It is a breeze and not draggy.

  • Moist Water says:

    I wonder why Faber castell and prisma colors haven't made actual watercolors yet 😔😩

  • Julia says:

    Where's the pencil with the watertank from?

  • David May says:

    is it ok to use water colours of any kind on canvas?

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