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The Derwent Inspiration

For over 180 years, the Lake District has inspired Derwent to create unique and world class products. The dynamic
landscape of rolling fells and towering peaks has provided the backdrop for generations of artists, writers and
poets from Thomas Gray to Coleridge and Wordsworth, Ruskin and Hemmingway.

The Derwent Heritage

The discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale Valley and the birth of pencil making in Keswick are a heritage
of which Derwent is rightly proud. The Cumberland Pencil Company created its first pencil in 1832 and the first
Derwent fine art colour pencil was introduced in 1938. The Derwent Pencil Museum still stands on the site of the original
factory in Keswick. Derwent continues to evolve and improve not only its traditional pencils but also to introduce
new innovative products to enhance all its customers’ experience and artistic opportunities.


Derwent has reduced their energy consumption, recycle their sawdust and uses sustainable resources wherever
possible. They have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for their unique solvent-free paint application
system which has greatly improved the air quality. The business is also ISO 9001 accredited.

The Derwent Mission

Derwent aims to be the world’s leading manufacturer of quality art materials, caring for customers and
the environment. Derwent designs products to Inspire, Create and Enjoy.

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Derwent Inktense Pencils

Derwent Inktense Pencils are our best water-soluble pencil ever! You can use them dry but mix them with water and the colour turns into vibrant ink. Once it’s dry the colour is fixed and because its permanent it’s great for using on fabric such as silk and cotton.


Derwent Lightfast Pencils

After extensive research & development, Derwent is proud to introduce their new collection: Derwent Lightfast pencils. Derwent's first oil-based coloured pencil that is 100% lightfast and with a smooth texture. It is the best range yet from Derwent!


Derwent Metallic Pencils

Introduce a little sparkle to sketches and drawings with these bright, highly reflective pencils. They work best on a dark background and add brilliant definition and glowing highlights


Derwent Pastel Pencils

Pastels encassed in wood like a pencil while maintaining all the pastel effects without the mess.


Derwent Pencil Storage

Storage specially designed for pencils and accessories.


Derwent Sets Collection

Derwent collection of specially designed sets for artists on the go.


Derwent Sharpeners

Quality metal, single hole sharpener for use with colour and graphic pencils.


Derwent Sketching Pencils

Sketching pencils couldn't be easier to use, just in 3 simple degrees HB, 2B and 4B and comes with a pencil sharpener.


Derwent Studio Pencils

Then Derwent Studio pencils are a finer version of the Derwent Artists range for more detailed work.


Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils

Tradtional charcoal with a tint to give a hint of colour.


Derwent Watercolour Pencils

The control of a pencil and the beauty of watercolour. Mix with water to create interesting colour flows and stunning watercolour effects