Testing New Watercolors – Nuvo Watercolor Pencils & American Crafts Paper Fashion

Testing New Watercolors – Nuvo Watercolor Pencils & American Crafts Paper Fashion


  • Kevin Bray says:

    Yes! Keep doing these kind of videos vs voiceovers! Love hearing your thoughts as you go!

  • Melissa Sullivan says:

    It’s a shame they picked a yellow ocher so close to the sap green, because you could’ve mixed something very similar with the ocher and indigo. That indigo though…yum.

  • F Gonzales says:

    Love them both but the second is my favorite beautiful work

  • Janice M says:

    I think that American Crafts puts out Jane Davenport’s products too.

  • Valerie Breingan says:

    Brilliant demo's
    Thank you for your beautiful, honest cards.

  • Angelina Peters says:

    Loved watching this. Cracked me up so hard. Oh 💩 , I have to unwrap all these? I rewound several times to see if you said O-Kay or oh cr4p.

    Hilariously frank exactly how it plays out in our minds.

    Thanks for sharing and making my day 😁

  • W.53rd. Street Gallery says:

    Those watercolors are gorgeous! I will definitely be picking up this little gem of a box! Thank you for the demo!

  • P V says:

    The second card looks three dimensional, really cool! Bring on more watercolor cards.

  • StampNStitch says:

    I love your cards! Have you ever used Faber-Castel watercolor pencils?

  • Maureen Lee says:

    Great informative video! I haven’t been impressed with standard watercolor pencils either, but I do like the Inktense pencils as they are much more intense and are permanent when dry, which makes color layering possible. The small Paper Fashion size is appealing as well, especially for traveling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  • *Tracy Born Again Farm Girl says:

    I prefer this sort of video Kristina 🙋🏻‍♀️ and my only real use for watercolor pencils are when I travel . That watercolor pallet was really interesting, very earthy or natural . I’m very involved in Kathy’s 30 day challenge too , great discipline .

  • deequu says:

    Even with the most expensive watercolours, if they come in a pan, they will always be individually wrapped.

  • Victoria Coyne says:

    Kristen, You know what I do with pencils I take the brush to the tips of the pencils and they will get VERY bright. Love your cards.

  • Summer says:

    I love the second cards vibrancy. Both are very pretty, But love the look of those watercolors. Another great vid Kristina. Thank you.

  • Sherry Utah says:

    So, a question about using the watercolor pencils. Could you go back over them after they've dried and lay in some more color? I think there would be reasons to use both. The pencils are more pastel, and the pan paints are more vibrant. I like them both!

  • Judith Taylor says:

    Thank you for this great video. I love the Thank You card!

  • Melodie Isreal says:

    Thank you so much for doing this video……it is great to be able to see how they work before buying them. I really liked the soft pastel colors of the pencils. You are awesome!

  • Shraddha Tefft says:

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy a good honest review, even if it is negative. If the reviews are always positive, they seem less genuine. You also added the bit that said “they are not for ME, but they might be great for someone else,” not that they are inherently bad products. Sometimes it’s to hard find reviews on interesting products, and i don’t know if it is because people don’t like them or because they haven’t tried them. I think both the cards turned out beautiful :).

  • Penny Fong says:

    Thanks for sharing this info!

  • LauDrey StiTch says:

    Hi Kristina! Thanks for this testing! It's a real pleasure to watch your videos 🙂 you'r passionate and it is felt in your videos, it makes you want to try ^^ you'r an inspiration to me 🙂 Have a good day !

  • Cindy Honeyman says:

    Thanks for helping us learn the differences between products. Videos like this can help us make an informed decision on what would work best for us before we purchase. Thank you for all you do!

  • Jeanette Jeffries says:

    Thank you for your review. I thought it was very helpful and informative. I like to hear you talk as you work, it seems so personal.

  • Elizabeth Eddy says:

    Thanks Kristina, I too love ur real time videos vs voiceovers.😊💗👍🏼 I’ve always felt the same way with WC pencils. Especially when owning mission gold WC paints! 💗

  • House of Manucci says:

    The pencils are very padtel pretty colors. Very light

  • Anzhela says:

    Love your professional works much!

  • Nicole England says:

    Absolutely gorgeous water colours from American Crafts. Your colouring is impeccable- I can't get enough of it. Thanks for the video and inspiration

  • Norine Mueller says:

    Thank you great reviews one thing did you say the watercolor set is prima?

  • Janice Robinson says:

    I love the American crafts colours,they really stand out x

  • Olga Fink says:

    I enjoyed your "live video". I love hearing your thoughts while crafting and all the crafty sounds 😊😊
    Xoxo Olga

  • Cathy Scroggy says:

    I’ve used both before. I’ve used a heavy hand with pencils to get the darker more vibrant colors like you do with the paint pods. Either way, both cards are beautiful

  • Maggie Donaldson says:

    I love the Nuvo pencils. I spend a lot of time sitting at craft stalls, and I take a whole load of pre-stamped images, the Nuvo pencils and some aqua brushes and colour in situ. It gets a lot of attention from buyers, especially seeing finished images on cards so they KNOW they are handmade by me. The lightweight portability and cleanliness of the pencil system really works for me. I agree a light touch is essential. They also work well on really smooth paper

  • Ashley Wang says:

    You can release intense colour by pickup paint directly from pencil tip with wet brush. To me the watercolour pencil are watercolour pan in the wood casing, actually I was turning some student quality watercolour pencils into pan paint by removing the pigment core and stuffed into pans, works out pretty good🤭.

  • Patricia Schoenberg says:

    Thank you for the review. The watercolor pencils look like Prima watercolor pencils and like Spectrum Noir Aquablend watercolor pencils.

  • Lettering By Laura says:

    The Blue is gorgeous and your coloring was so nice to watch Kristina. It looks very dimensional and was SO INSPIRING!

  • Teresa Doyle says:

    WOW Kristina, they are both beautiful! I do love the intensity of the pan set but when you want a more pastel/muted colour the pencils did a great job for that type of application.The round and round stamp looks awesome done like this. Thanks for sharing them both.

  • Brenda Patterson says:

    I love this format.

  • Nancy Lynn says:

    For me, I just love to watch you paint LOL! Thank you Kristina….always a joy!

  • Linda Ruschmeyer says:

    Wasn’t sure about this background stamp, but love the way it turned out. TFS

  • Stefanie Staniak says:

    I love both cards although I do love the vibrancy of the watercolors. Thanks for your review, it is very helpful.

  • Kay S-Gee says:

    Try the inktense pencils by Derwent, you can blend them into each other before touching them with water and they are not muted at all!

  • Ramo says:

    Higher quality watercolor pencils do make a difference, but like you, I prefer to use normal watercolors. They do come in handy as underpainting for colored pencils, but I don't see how that would be translated to card making.

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  • Leanne Mitchem says:

    Great review! I like this type of video from you better than the voice over ones. Seems more real and personal. Love the American craft water colours. Very pretty colours. Thank you for sharing! Your cards are beautiful!

  • TheSunshineCrafter Kelly Fusco says:

    Thank you Kristina for your HONEST review. I have several WC pencils sets and they are ok. But I prefer my DS. Beautiful cards, tfs🌈 ps.. i love that color palette too😍

  • Janie vw says:

    Very Pretty!

  • Mary Alcock says:

    I like both, the pencils are more of a soft pastel look.

  • Linda Holt says:

    I love working with colored pencils for the reasons you mentioned but also because managing all the variables: brush, water, pigment control is a learning curve.

  • Sharon Shergold says:

    I do have a different set of watercolour pencils AND never used them. Now I know the proper technique I will try them. Thanks very much for this tutorial 👍🏻

  • Kristine Vencel says:

    TYFS. ❤️ the AC colors and intensity. I actually may buy them for my first H2O color set.
    I love the thought process sharing aspect of this video. And I also love that all of your comments make sense and have meaning and don’t just fill up space.

  • Constance Hollenbeck says:

    I enjoyed the process of using the watercolor pencils and they do have a nice soft tone to them which can be hard to achieve with some paints.

  • Fanny Cousin says:

    Hello I really really love your cards! Hugs from France 😊

  • Melanie swank says:

    Love colored pencils! Different brands have more intense colors. Love the colors of the paints as well!

  • helen schneiderman says:

    Very helpful review. Both cards lovely but the difference in watercolor mediums was very apparent. I really like the intensity and color palette of. the pan colors. Thanks!

  • Karen Page says:

    I think both came out beautiful, but I wish you had simply informed that you personally don't enjoy watercolor pencils and a disclaimer that you are not one to judge the quality of such since you don't use them. There are many very talented artists (using them in a variety of ways you didn't even show) turning out quality art. Your followers worship you as if you are all knowing, and this is a case where that is certainly not true. So now whole hoards of people will avoid watercolor pencils for no other reason than Kristina Werner didn't care for them. If I reviewed a motorcycle, it would be a terrible review as I've never even ridden one before, much less drove one, or many others on the market. I have no personal experience with this brand of pencil but I have worked with others and get great results. Like others, I use them for different reasons than pan, tube or liquid watercolors. Some times I have a specific need that makes them a better choice, others its just my mood or the color palette. I have used watercolor pencils over top a wash of pan watercolors too. There is no right and wrong when it comes to art and many, many styles. And my guess would be that the time the pigment sat on the paper had no difference in its ability to spread. More that it was the actual pigment itself, but it is pure speculation having not used them myself. Again, the outcome of both cards were nice. If you had done a whole panel of the pencils, perhaps you would have learned more about their properties or experimented more to learn their attributes. You always have the option of cutting it down, but as you said, you were dreading working with them.

  • Cathy Johnston says:

    Please try QUALITY watercolor pencils. And yes, you can color over what you painted to blend. I took a whole watercolor pencil class at art school and love working with them.

  • confidential says:

    I love watching your watercolor cards but hope you give watercolor pencils another shot! Not sure what brands you tried earlier but Arteza is surprisingly good quality. Unlike most others who have commented, I prefer them on textured paper, with lots of light layers. A little more tedious than brushing on traditional watercolor but you can layer and before adding water and get really interesting depth of color. Not necessary to mix colors on a palette first!

  • Diane Evans says:

    I wish the editing wasn't as difficult with voice-overs, because I prefer them to the live videos — I enjoy hearing just your voice without the sounds of crafting in the background. One person's opinion — all your work is fabulous.

  • Jiyoon Lee says:

    10:42 she said its from prima cause it reminded her so much of it 😂 ALSO, the proper way to put the pans back in is to push the pins back inward (i recommend a lot more than halfway to make them rly secure) and THEN push the pans back in. if u want the whole tray to stay in place, take it out and then push the pins on the left and right outward then push the tray back into the palette

  • heather harrison says:

    Thanks for the information Kristina. I would love the little tin of paints for taking away with me.💕

  • Heleen Glazenburg says:

    I love watercolor pencils There are Many ways to use Them and every brand have different intensity.The watercolor pans you used are very beautiful too. love the results of Both cards.

  • Andrea La Vigne says:

    Thanks for such an honest review, Kristina! I have never had a love for watercolor pencils, except for my Inktense pencils. With those, I never color on the paper with the pencil, but rather pick up the pigment from the pencil with a damp paintbrush & then apply it to the paper. I find I can get a lot of control over shading & color intensity that way, & I don't have to work to get the pigment to spread on the paper and not leave pencil marks or lines. I know someone suggested dipping the watercolor pencil in water first to get more intense color. But at least in my experience, the paper seems to want to grab the color even more, making it harder to spread out. Don't know if I may be missing something, but there you go. I love how the second piece came out–very vibrant! It's funny, though, because when you first swatched the colors, they seemed brighter, but the finished piece you put on the card looks kind of muted–almost like earthy jewel tones. Of course, that could be just the video color difference. Anyway, thank you again for doing this. Love your "live" (no voice-over) videos! Take care, & have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Betty Giles says:

    Another way to use the pencils: pick up the color off the pencil with the wet brush, then apply to paper, or to blend use the brush on the pencil above an acrylic block letting the color puddle on the block. Then repeat with another color and blend them on the block.

  • Barb Chrisman says:

    Thank you it’s very helpful.

  • Dana Joy says:

    Hands down I like the watercolor pans better. I have pencils and I use them sometimes but nothing is more thrilling for me than using a paint palette. And those colors are so yummy too.

  • Wendy O'dell says:

    Beautiful! I'm lovin the new paints and pencils you used. I think for the most part the turned out fabulous.
    I have Stampin Up's water color pencils and they are awesome. They blend very nice, smooth, vibrant and the colors are exactly like the color shown. It's a huge set, probably 36 or 40 markers.
    God bless you Kristina ❤ XOXO

  • Susan Block says:

    Thank you for your honesty! I loved all the details!

  • Trudie Vick says:

    Loved this comparison. Like you I fell in love with the darker blue and the purple. But I do like them both. Depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  • Ck Forester says:

    Omgosh your cards are beautiful! Both sets have it’s advantages. It’s nice to see a pastel that doesn’t need paper that’s soaking wet. But I absolutely love the AC version too! It looks museum-worthy and you really made this card sing! Great stamp set. I make A7 size cards and it kills me that all these background stamps are only 6”. If they’d only add one more inch, I’d be set. And, I find I’m always looking for a pattern match (which i don’t believe exists on stamps). Anyway, seeing your large natural border would make this do-able for me, but most of the time I can’t use without adding 2 or 3 layers behind it – and it’s too much visually. Anyway, yours came out great and your embossing powder is just beautiful; so smooth and even! I’ll have to see which you used – unless it’s the many coats that helped you achieve that. Just another Gorgeous card! Btw, i saw a CHA video for Prima Watercolor Pencils and demo involved taking an aqua brush directly to the pencil. But she did wet her paper first. I’ve never used pencils so idk. It worked for her, but was def a different color palette. This one reminds me of Easter and/or babies – and probably great for a newbie w/ watercolors (like me).

  • rtd1791 says:

    I have a distinct preference for watercolor pencils. This is probably because I am using the pencils for mixed media applications and not solely for watercolor painting.

    I think pencils are superior to pans and tubes in two applications. The first is when I am using watercolor over acrylic paint and mediums and the second is when I am creating a watercolor effect on fabric.

    I cannot breakdown the chemistry but I believe the binders in the pencils and pastels play nicer with acrylic mediums. It’s probably related to how oil paints can cover acrylic paints but acrylic paint over oils doesn’t work.

    Pan and tube watercolors just bead up and make a mess over the top of acrylic grounds. But pencils and pastels work even on top of a basic gesso.

    When it comes to fabric applications pencils are superior because of the ease of use and because the fabric mediums work better with the pencils. Also it’s just cumbersome to use a fabric or acrylic medium with a pan. You cannot use the medium directly on the pan like you do with water because it ruins the pan. If you pick up paint with water and then mix it on a palette, the introduction of water dilutes the color itself and it dilutes the binder in the medium. Tube colors are difficult to control in this application and I always mix up too much. Pencils are easy to control; I scribble directly on fabric and use the medium to smooth out the color just like you do with paper and water.

    I make fabric patches this way. I even stamp and color onto fabric this way; I use a fabric compatible ink—— both Archival and StazOn work. I like cartoon images on my fabric patches. I’m never interested in invisible repairs.

    Using acrylic mediums with water soluble art supplies works regardless of the type. It even works with Crayola Markers. I just use a medium ( gloss or matte) in place of the water. I do this so that my colors layer rather than blend. The acrylic mediums prevent the marker or pencil from reactivating so the color stays put.

    Lightfastness and durability through washing are issues. Markers like Zig and Tombow are not made to withstand UV light so they fade out fast. And some markers and pencils just do not withstand washing all that well. Tombow doesn’t but Inktense and Caran d’Ache NeoColor ll do. I’ve used both on clothes that are washed regularly and the color behaves more like a dye. Not much fade.

    From my perspective pencils make more sense in that I can use them the way I normally do but I can also use them in a more traditional way.

    Of course if you are a traditionalist painter like Kristina than maybe pencils aren’t for you. Kristina has great brush control. I think pencils are a bit easier from that perspective as well. I think beginners find pencils a bit easier; we’re all familiar with the feel of a pencil. Developing a feel for a brush takes time.

    For anyone wondering why I use watercolor instead of fabric paint: It has to do with opacity. None of the paints are as translucent ( not even Dye-Na-Flow. Bless Jacquard. Day-Na-Flow is brilliant on paper.). I sometimes want my substrate to show through the color like with crystals when you want the reflective sparkle of foil to show through the glass. I like the way the texture of fabric and paper alters color. And dyes are just trickier to work with for me.

  • Bunny Leeder says:

    I love these, beautiful!!!

  • Mary O'Neal says:

    I so enjoyed this video. You made such beautiful cards with the paints. I love the vibrancy. I may have to purchase a set of these. Thanks for a great video.

  • Abbi Clark Arts says:

    I love watercolor. It's one of my favorite mediums!

  • Abbi Clark Arts says:

    I have an art channel. What can I do to make it better?

  • Megan Harrington says:

    I loved these both, gorgeous cards and applications, colours are divine. Thanks for such honest opinions. The pencils would be great for when you want an almost pastel-look, subtle background…so as not to overtake another accent or title etc. You are so creative and talented. And the embossed sentiment is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Karen Wilson says:

    Oh I just love these, simply beautiful. I too like the more vibrant colours. So pretty! ❤️

  • MrsB8T says:

    I have pan watercolors, tubes that i’ve dried in a pan pallette, watercolor markers from 3 brands, & watercolor pencils. They all have their function. However as with everything its all about quality, I’d recommend you try Faber-Castell albrecht durer or caran dache supracolor watercolor pencils.

  • madusonkeeper says:

    Love inktense

  • Ebony Muller says:

    That card is absolutely gorgeous nice work

  • Anna Rodgers says:

    Nice review, Kristina. Thank you for your honesty. I actually liked both pieces. As you said, it would depend on what look you were hoping for as the end result. God bless you.

  • Judy Mathena says:

    I like the Pencils, I'm not good with water coloring, but I like color pencils, so I want to try these. I like the water colors a lot too. I like that they don't go to light.  I really like the cards you made. TFS

  • Lesley Dickson says:

    I think your paper was too rough for the softness of your brush. That's why it was difficult to move the colour. I didn't enjoy this video as much as you'd voiceover ones. So negative. 😕

  • Dee Johnson says:

    Love both cards, Kristina. I like the watercolor pencil one better because I am drawn to muted colors when it comes to watercolor painting.

  • laura trimboli says:

    I bought some inktense pencils which are similar and never use them

  • Pippa says:

    I used to feel exactly like you did about watercolour pencils. Oh my gosh. I really really hope you see this.

    You must try Faber Castel watercolour pencils. I also used to think I didn't like watercolour pencils. But the FC melt effortlessly and are just amazing. There is no residue, it all just behaves how you want it to. You don't have to rework anything or even think about things. Just seems to work.

    I was cringing at how much you had to rub your poor brush 🙈

  • Leana Khouang says:

    Christina, just keep on keeping on! Love your videos and love watching how talented you are! Thanks for the good feedback and honest reviews!

  • Kim Hill says:

    When I use watercolor pencils (especially on textured paper), I make sure that they are good sharp and a use light hand. Being super sharp allows the color to get into the texture rather than laying on the peaks, which makes scrubbing almost unnecessary in order to blend. 😁

  • 1tinac says:

    Thanks for sharing. Great card.

  • Elizabeth Ruby-Cunningham says:

    I'm new to watercolor painting. I learned quite a bit. Thank you!

  • Sarah Malm says:

    I have used watercolor pencils to add small detail to traditional watercoloring. I like the effect that has.

  • Nick Flisher says:

    As a beginner to water colouring the pencils appeal to me

  • Mary Prasad says:

    Thanks for the review; I was curious about those paints. Artist grade watercolor pencils are much more pigmented and melt away easily – Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer, Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarell are two excellent brands. Derwent Inktense are also really pigmented, although they are ink and dry more permanent (may not be as lightfast either) but you can layer them more easily.

  • Tai’s Crafty Spot says:

    Amazing! You are super talented. Thanks for sharing it with us😊

  • Rouss Bren says:

    love the colors

  • Caring Heart says:

    Kristina – watercolor pencils traditionally don't work well on cold pressed paper – it's too textured. Try them on hot press or bristol board. Bill up your layers so you don't burnish the paper. I have better luck when I lay down my shading and high lighting all in one go. If you build up the layers, there is enough pigment to move around and it will move around more easily and will dissolve the dry pigment more easily. That being said, there is, of course, such a difference in the quality of pencils. I recently purchased Albrecht Drurer (Faber Castell) and they are a dream to work with. You can also apply your wet brush to the tip of the pencil and apply the pigment with the brush – this can result is some very intense color. Enjoy your videos so much!

  • Enrique Guzman says:

    I use watercolor pencils the way James Gurney does, he sketches with them so that some of the line melts when he applies his gouache or watercolors. There's a cool little Caran Dache neocolor 2 pallette (just a sheet of thick plastic, really) that has a smooth side and a grainy side that you can grind your watercolor pencils or crayons on and it leaves all the pigment where you sanded it down and you can use a water brush or wet brush to get the most color out of your watercolor or water soluble pencils. I'm sure a cheap piece of wet sandpaper will get the same results rather than spending $18 for another expensive Caran Dache item.

  • Mad Rian says:

    When I use watercolour pencils, I use more pressure than you do. All the pigment dissolves and I get great colour payoff, mine are Faber Castell student grade (in the blue tin). Also if you want even more vivid colours and maximum pigment, you could try Derwent Inktense pencils. I think they sell them individually so you don't have to buy a whole set, they are pretty pricey.

  • MeWho says:

    Love the color pallet of the pans, but personally, I feel like I would like the pencils more right now. I mean, I've been using my inktense pencils and love how easy it is to move from one place to another with a bunch of colors. It seems easier to store too (I just have them in a 5×7 box), but then again, I haven't really played with the set I have in half pans… I should make time to experiment with them. Who knows, maybe I'll like it enough to splurge for a bigger set one of these days. For me, I find better luck with bringing the tip of the paintbrush to the pencil and have a pallet/laminated piece of cardstock to help me get the color more even on the brush before I bring it to the paper.

  • Mark Sielski says:

    The watercolor print looks three dimensional within each embossed area! Way kewl!

  • Stellar Crafts by Pam says:

    When I first got these, they were with a kit from sparkle and sprinkle and they had us just take the watercolor brush to the colored pencil to get the color. May not be the traditional way to use it, but I did get some good pigmented color on the brush and painted similarly to this video.

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