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Interested in trying out our Chromaflow pencil range but you have some questions?

Read our FAQs below to find out more information on these new pencils.

What are Chromaflow pencils like to use?

Derwent Chromaflow pencils provide artists with an affordable professional quality product which is easy to layer and blend thanks to the richly pigmented smooth texture, providing a velvety laydown.

The creamy core can deliver a smooth, rapid laydown that can handle pressure and resist breakage, making easy work of blending and shading. 

What are the key attributes of Chromaflow pencils?

  • Rich and vibrant colour palette
  • Highly pigmented for striking work
  • Delivers a rapid, smooth laydown
  • Smooth texture makes shading and blending colours easy
  • Soft core can resist breakage and withstand pressure

What type of artwork are Chromaflow pencils most suitable for?

Chromaflow pencils have been developed to be suitable for a wide range of drawing and colouring techniques, the rich blendable pigments and effortless smooth laydown means they are particularly great at creating vibrant artwork, even on black paper.

What techniques can I use my Chromaflow pencils for?

Chromaflow pencils are suitable for pencil techniques, including blending and layering. The smooth texture makes it easy to blend and lay down colour quickly.

Richly pigmented for striking work. Highly blendable increasing the colour spectrum. Due to the rich pigment, colours are vibrant and stand out even when used on black paper.

Chromaflow is erasable so you can create highlights in your work.

Are Derwent Chromaflow Pencils Lightfast?

Derwent uses the Blue Wool test (ISO 105) to evaluate lightfastness. Lightfastness refers to the chemical stability of a pigment under long exposure to light. Derwent Chromaflow are 60% lightfast across 72 colours, LF – Lightfastness rating (6 – GOOD, 7 – VERY GOOD, 8 – EXCELLENT)

Where are Chromaflow pencils made?

Chromaflow pencils are manufactured in our Derwent factory based in the Lake District, UK.

Is Chromaflow oil or wax-based?

Derwent Chromaflow is a wax-based pencil.

What size is the pencil core?

The Chromaflow pencil core is 3.5mm.

How many colours are in the Chromaflow range?

Chromaflow has a range of 72 carefully selected shades in rich and vibrant colours.

Will Derwent Chromaflow pencils be available to purchase in single colours?

Yes, Chromaflow will be available to purchase in singles here

Where can I purchase Derwent Chromaflow from?

You can purchase the Tins 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 Sets directly from online retailers, including the Derwent website here, and selected craft stores.

Why has the tin artwork changed?

A new artwork was commissioned to better reflect the vibrancy of the extended colour range.

Who created the artwork on the tins of Derwent Chromaflow?

The artwork was created by Kinsey Lane, an artist based in the US.

How do Chromaflow pencils compare to Academy Colouring pencils?

Chromaflow are smoother and more vibrant than Academy; they will blend and layer in a different way. Chromaflow will also cover a larger area more quickly.

How do Chromaflow pencils compare to colour pencils in Derwent’s Professional Quality range; Coloursoft, Procolour, Lightfast?

  • Procolour: Procolour and will layer and blend differently. Procolour are more suited to detailed work, they have greater point strength, wider core and large colour range.
  • Coloursoft: Both Chromaflow and Coloursoft are soft and smooth however Coloursoft have a softer texture and lay down is different. Coloursoft has a larger diameter pencil and therefore builds up colour more quickly. Chromaflow mixes well to increase colour spectrum.
  • Lightfast: Lightfast have a larger and stronger pencil core. They are 100% lightfast with a soft and creamy texture. Lightfast is our only oil-based pencil which can achieve paint like affects and has 100 colours in the range.

Can I use Derwent Chromaflow with my other Derwent pencils?

Yes, Derwent’s Chromaflow range has been formulated to be compatible with other Derwent pencil ranges. They especially work well with Derwent Metallic and Coloursoft Pencils.

What are the most similar competitor products in the market?

The nearest competitor product in the market is Prismacolor, however all pencil brands perform differently due to the difference in the unique pencil formulations.

Are Derwent Chromaflow pencils vegan?

Our Chromaflow range contain no animal derived materials/ingredients but we cannot guarantee that the raw materials were not tested on animals.

Are Chromaflow Pencils safe to use?

All our pencils are made with ingredients that are safe to use and comply with ASTMd-4236 standards.

Do Chromaflow Pencils have any other certifications?

Yes, all Derwent manufactured pencils are PEFC certified including Derwent Chromaflow pencils.

What is PEFC?

PEFC is an international non-profit organisation promoting sustainable forest management. The PEFC label guarantees products are from sustainably managed forests. For further information visit:

What sharpener should I use with Derwent Chromaflow pencils?

They will work well with most sharpeners, however for the best results we recommend you use the Derwent Metal Sharpener (view here).

For the best results please ensure that you keep your sharpener blade sharp, a blunt sharpener is the most common cause of breakage and damage to your pencil.

For more information on sharpening, view our sharpening guide here.

What Erasers should I use with Derwent Chromaflow?

They work well with most erasers, they worked particularly well with the following Derwent erasers:

What paper should I use with Derwent Chromaflow pencils?

Chromaflow work well on all types of paper, in testing they worked particularly well on Derwent Sketch Pads (find here).

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