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100% lightfast - won't fade for up to 100 years. Oil based for exceptional layering and colour mixing


100% lightfast, oil-based coloured pencils Now with 36 new colours available!  
Derwent's Lightfast pencils are our first oil-based coloured pencil; formulated to be 100% lightfast (according to the ASTM 6901 standard, rating LFI or II), so the colours won't fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions. The smooth oil base of the core creates a rich vibrancy and can be mixed on the page to create paint-like effects.  
100% Lightfast Oil-based Coloured Pencils
After extensive research & development, we are proud to introduce our new collection: Derwent Lightfast pencils. Derwent's first oil-based coloured pencil, 100% lightfast and with a smooth texture that is a real joy to work with. Try it for yourself: we think it's our best range yet! 
The revolutionary core is resistant to prolonged colour change ensuring artwork will not fade for up to 100 years under museum conditions. Derwent Lightfast pencils are oil-based, smooth and creamy with a beautiful laydown of rich colour. What's more, they can even be used with a medium giving a painterly effect when dissolved.

The thick core gives a dense colour application which brings vibrancy to any drawing. Available in a range of 36 lightfast colours, artwork created will remain lightfast for up to 100 years under museum conditions. All colours comply with international lightfast testing standard, ASTM D-6901, and tested in Arizona, US.

We commissioned award-winning US artist, Jesse Lane, to design the awe-inspiring eye you can see on our new packaging! Download the Derwent Lightfast leaflet here.

The colour chart can be viewed here.

Lightfast Paper

Lightfast Paper

Exceptional archival paper maximises performance of Derwent 100% Lightfast pencils. Hot press paper for a smooth surface. Naturally acid free.

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Loving our Lightfast range?

Loving our Lightfast range?

Maybe try our Drawing range - 100% lightfast, wax-based coloured pencils. Unique velvety finish and natural colour range - ideal for nature drawings.

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Lightfast FAQs

Lightfast FAQs

Interested in trying out our Lightfast pencil range but you have some questions? Visit our FAQs page to find out more information on this amazing range of pencils.

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Derwent Lightfast Video

Derwent Lightfast Video

Derwent's first oil-based coloured pencil, lightfast and with a smooth texture that is a real joy to work with. Watch our brand ambassadors Jake Spicer, Judith Selcuk and Bonny Snowdon review our new Lightfast range.

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