A new softer texture allows these pencils to glide across the surface of the paper, transferring the colour with a velvety touch that produces a smooth and full bodied powdery finish. It is now easy to move colour around your drawing, especially with the help of a paper stump. The vibrant and intense colours blend easily to create an infinite number of hues and tints. Thsese pencils sharpen easily so you can enjoy the beauty of pastels with the precision of a pencil. The barrel coating on the pencils uses Derwent's environmentally friendly water-based paint technology.