Speed Paint Video. The Magical City with Derwent Inktense Pencils.

On Wednesday the conditions were finally right for me to sit down and create my first, serious speed paint video.   Last night it was cut, polished, titles and music added and today I uploaded to my YouTube account for you to enjoy.



For this video I choose to colour a picture from Lizzie Mary Cullen’s ‘The Magical City’.  This is one of my favourite colouring books and I used this book for my first video book review which you can also find on YouTube.  I’m still a novice at handling a camera so there were some initial issues… wrong settings, camera switching off every eight minutes because I had the wrong settings.  There is a very small piece of colouring near the start which is missing because I didn’t realize the camera had stopped recording… oops.  After my wonderful, tech savy husband looked over the equipment for me everything was sorted out.  Next videos will not be fraught with the same issues although, knowing me, I’ll probably invent new ones.  After three hours of colouring I had a pile of raw footage to render and this is where my abilities come to a grinding halt.  Here’s were my husband stepped in again with his awesome editing skills.  With his help, and staying up way too long after midnight, we cobbled together a 7:40 minute long video which we’re both very pleased and proud of.

This video demonstrates how I go about colouring a picture using Derwent Inktense pencils.  Inktense pencils are amazing.  They differ from watercolour pencils in that their cores are made up of acrylic ink.  This means that they dry both very bright and water proof.  I use them loosely, throwing patches of colour, highlight and shade approximately with the pencils and then refine the picture with an aquabrush.  I use an aquabrush as I feel I have better control over the flow of water than with a conventional brush but that is my personal opinion.  (I use the Kuretaki fine tipped aquabrush for those who want to know.)  The video shows the process very much sped up.  I have plans to cut isolated scenes at normal speed and give a voice over tutorial for the process i used.  Watch for these future uploads. 🙂

I have been promising this for some time now and I have finally delivered.  Thank you for your patience and i hope you find this was worth the wait.



  1. Sandra Harris

    …just, WOW !!!

    1. Jenny Morgan

      Fabulous, I wish I could master these pencils like that…

  2. Linda

    Yes please. 🙂 I would like to get a better idea of that aquabrush so a slow piece would be great. I was a bit confused over the stonework area when the grey colour appeared. Well I know what I mean lol

  3. Shamsiah

    I love to see the way you blend the colour but what kind of pen that u use to blend it over the colour and where can I get it if u can give me the brand of the pen.I wish I could do that you are so good n love to see more of ur video

    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Shamisiah. The tool I’m using to wet the Inktnese pencils is an ‘aquabrush’ or ‘waterbrush’. It’s a paint brush with it’s own refillable water container in the handle so you don’t need to dip your brush.

  4. Miles

    You truly are amazing! So talented! I love watching your vids and learning from you. Thank you. You are an inspiration. I bought Magical City and Derwent Inktense coz of you but until now, I am quite scared to begin. I think I will wait for the vids at slower speed.

    God bless!

    1. Chaypeta (Post author)

      Hi Miles. Next on my Youtube list will be a tutorial for using Inktense in Magical City. I hope to film it this week so stand by. 🙂

  5. AnnW



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