I discussed Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils. Actually, I showed watercolor paper that I swatched out six of the pencils and I could not get rid of the deep marks almost etch marks from the lines that I drew, and even when I turned the pencil on its side, I could not get rid of the lines. I used a Stampin' Up blender pen to blend it and I show the results as close to the camera as possible.
The Prisma Color Premier set of twenty four are a really nice set of watercolors and are one of my two top recommendations. They blend well and only come in sets of12, 24 or 36. Prices of them are lowest at Dick Blick with a set 12 at $12.63, 24 at $19.92 and 36 at $40.91 and they also have individual ones for $1.29. I do recommend you either buy the small sets or individual pencils to try them for yourself before you make an investment. I also found them at an A. C. Moore store, but do not remember the prices, but know they were much higher than Dick Blick, but not sure, they could be cheaper with a coupon. Also, they only had the regular colored pencils there for sale individually and not the watercolors that I could find at my store. I can't find anything to buy online from them..
The next set is Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz Aquarelle set of 72 that I bought on ebay. I since found out it is pronounced Ko-e-Nor. I found them to be smoother to lay down the pigment and did not have any deep marks in the paper from them, like I found with the Derwent Inktense. The best prices I found for these sets were on Dick Blick for the smaller sets, they were 12 for $12.33, 24 for $22.19, and 36 for $34.15. Ebay carried the larger sets up to 72 and the price on those was $54.11 for 72 from China. I could not find them in individual pencils, but A. C. Moore might have carried a few, but I couldn't determine if they were the watercolors or not. I like these watercolor pencils and they would probably be my third choice but decided to stick with only two.
I also talked about a small set of twelve Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils. They aren't as smooth to apply as my favorites, but I really liked that they are three sided and have the little nubs on them for the crafter who needs a little extra stability and grip. I found them at Dick Blick for a set of 12 for $ 15.39, set of 24 for $30.79 and 36 for $46.19
Then I talked about Faber Castell Albrecht Durer set of 120. They are my favorites for a large set of pencils that covered the whole spectrum of colors. They are nice and creamy and lay down easy and blend well. They can be purchased separately from at least Dick Blick for $1.75 each. All prices were the same at Dick Blick and Jerry's Artarama for the sets. Set of 12 was $19.35, set of 24 was $38.70, set of 36 was $58.05, set of 60 was $96.75 and set of 120 was $193.50. The site I bought them from was called Splitcoast Stampers. They have lots of tutorials as well. You first need to create a sign in for yourself and I never get any spam or anything from them, so I felt safe signing in. Then at the top, you click on forums then you click on "stamping stuff" then click on B/S/T (I think) which stands for buy, sell, trade and that's where they list the things they are selling. At first it's a little confusing, but the best way to respond if you want to buy something is to click on the sellers name they go by and then it has a drop down and one of them is send a private message. Click on that and then leave your message. When they respond to you, you'll get a notification in your regular email that tells you have a message at Splitcoast and they even give you a link to go to it and you have your own mailbox there and then you read your message and respond. If you ever have any more questions about using it, let me know because I thought it was really hard to follow at first. .
To recap, I would buy open stock pencils or small sets to try them out to see if you like them. My two favorites are
in a larger set for the full spectrum of colors, ease of blending and especially for creaminess, I like the Albrecht Durer by Faber Castell.
For the small set of pencils, I like the Prisma Color Premier watercolor pencils and wish they came in a bigger set as they are really nice and creamy and blend nicely..
In case you like the easel that holds the pencils, I found them the cheapest at Jerry's Artarama for $26.99 for one that says it hold 120. That is only if you double up the pencils so it fits a set of 60 much more effectively. It is a nice easel and allows you to set them up in a "V" shape to look at them. It is well made but has some serious Velcro that holds it shut so if you struggle with Velcro, you might not want to consider this easel. Here's the link.