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Basic techniques with Albrecht Dürer Magnus

The Albrecht Dürer Magnus is fully water soluble thanks to the highquality materials and the experience of Faber-Castell. This enables perfect colour transitions between dry and wet areas and enables lines to merge seamlessly into areas of colour. With only a few brush strokes, the colour can be painted on finely or over large areas and unfolds its unique colour intensity in its watercolour state. Thanks to the voluminous lead, a large number of pigments can be applied quickly and watercoloured afterwards. The colour intensity varies between vibrant colours and pastel shades depending on the amount of water used. If a more intense colour effect is required, colour can be applied on a separate sheet of paper, dissolved and applied to the already watercoloured area.

Painting over the colour

Painting over the colour with a moist paintbrush turns the pigment on the paper into a vibrant watercolour painting.

Drawing on wet paper

The pencil gives off lots of colour  when drawing on wet paper. The strokes flow differently on the moist surface depending on the level of moisture.

Mixed shades

Interesting effects and unique  mixed shades can be achieved by spraying the colour with water with a misting bottle.

Hatching and cross hatching

Holding the Albrecht Dürer Magnus at a steep angle creates fine lines. This pen posture is ideal for cross hatches and exact lines, e.g. for sketching.


Holding the pencil at a very shallow angle and pressing lightly (shading) creates an even layer of colour.

Varying shades

Different shades of colour can be created by varying the pressure on the pencil. The Albrecht Dürer Magnus is designed to withstand even extreme pressure, allowing intense, clearly defined areas of colour to be produced.

Vibrant colours

Light colours are transparent, while dark colours are opaque. Laying down layers of colour on top of each another from light to dark increases the brilliance and vibrancy of the colour.

Mixed Colours

A large number of closespaced lines gives an effect which can be modified and intensifi ed by overlaying different colours. Different mixed colours can be created depending on the order in which the colours are layered


Erasers are not only great for fixing mistakes, but can also be used in a targeted way: Once applied, colour can be removed from the paper with an eraser to create intentional white spaces or less intensive coloured areas.


With a knife, colour pigments can be placed on a drawing and rubbed with a paper wiper to create great effects.