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Tim Holtz RANGER Distress Watercolor Pencils Swatches and Giveaway

Hello Lovelies! 2024 is whizzing by for me already, so I am sorry that I am just getting to sharing these pix. I was so happy to see the remaining colors of the Distress Watercolor Pencils release this January and I've set aside a full set of all 75 colors, plus a sharpener just for one of you! Giveaway details later on in the post.

Every time I get new colors, I must swatch them, but this time I did it the traditional way AND with a twist! In addition to sharing the swatches, we'll talk about storage and a zero wast approach to using your pencils.

Simon Says Stamp has a bundle with the new colors and another with ALL the pencils.



A couple of additional tools come in handy for me when using watercolor pencils:

Click here to view the full supply list or check out the one linked in the gallery at the bottom of this post when you have finished exploring this project.

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When it comes to storage, you have several choices, my favorite include:

  • the original tins

  • the Tim Holds Distress Storage Tin

  • A pencil wrap

Tim Holtz Distress Storage Tin - holds up to 36 Watercolor Pencils, so you will need 2 for the full set


I've decided to keep my pencils in a pencil wrap and I've managed to cram 74 of 75 pencils into it.




For my Ranger products, I always head over to Ranger Ink's site to download the latest swatch charts from the Organize your Products section.

I prefer my Watercolor pencils to have a well-defined point for detailed coloring, but this pencil is all pigment, so don't waste the shavings. I sharpen mine into a watercolor pan for each color and use as watercolor paint so I get two products for the price of one.

Cheiron Brandon has a great YouTube video and maybe also blog post walking you through how to create your watercolor palette, so I won't be repeating that here.

With my pencils in the wrap, I decided to store my my "Distress Shaving Paint" in the original pencil container.

I then used this "paint" to create my Non-traditional swatches based on the colors that come in each set.



Though you can watercolor with Distress Ink, of course I am happy to have a new and even more convenient option!!!



To participate:

  1. Leave a comment on this post by March 8, 2024 AND

  2. Like and leave a comment on the corresponding post on my @atthepapermint Instagram Account by March 8, 2024. This post will go live on March 1, 2024.

OPEN TO anyone with a US shipping address as I will be shipping in a Flat-rate box. Winner will be announced on my Instagram account on March 10, 2024.

Thank you for stopping by and good luck!!!



I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. The pencils used today were part of my maker package from Tim Holtz. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with Simon Says Stamp.


Oh I knew I was going to forget to comment here later! Hopefully it’s not too late. I appreciate seeing all the ways you use the pencils and play around. Thanks for being so generous!


Tonya Jastad
Tonya Jastad
Mar 07

Really like the swatches!


What a wonderful prize, thank you so much for a chance to own the full set of color pencils.


Ohhhhh - I need these in my life!!! Beautiful swatches


Thank you for the chance, would love this ❤️

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