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Caran d'Ache has developed an innovative approach to watercolor painting by combining a high concentration of extra-fine pigments with excellent watersolubility to create Museum Aquarelle pencils.
These bright, vibrant colors are extremely lightfast and perfectly suited to watercolor painting and artistic drawing. They can be applied dry or wet.
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**** Very Good
Introduction, Set of 12
Landscape, Set of 20
Marine, Set of 20
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Beautiful Colors & Quality Watercolor Pencils
Comments about Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencil Sets:
The colors are beautiful, vibrant, and blend so easily. The pigments are perfectly centered in their wood casings, It's understandable why their price is so high. I'm not sure if I'll be adding additional colors, because the three Caran D'ache sets have a nice range of colors. I love my Faber Castell Dewers watercolor pencils, so between the two brands I think I'm set. I may order Caran-D'ache individual pencils when I need to restock a Faber Castell pencil, if there's a similar color. Bottom line, you won't be disappointed with these beautiful pencils!
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Lightfast, vibrant and easy to use
from Duluth, MN
I use these and a waterbrush when sketching out of my studio. It takes a bit of practice, but once you experiment enough you can mix the colors directly on the paper and blend them together with a brush. No pans, no tubes, no palet, just some pencils a waterbrush and a sketchbook.I wish they had more blues, but such is the price of lightfastness.
My favorite WC pencils
from Chicago, IL
Having used the FC Albrect Durer's for about 5 years, I really did not expect much from these, as I was incredibly happy already. But WOW, these belong in another category all together. They have a bit of a learning curve (at least for detailed botanical work) and I found, surprisingly, when wet, they acted very much like their watercolor counterparts, e.g., transparent, staining, opaque. This makes for a bit of tricky layering at first, but once you settle in, I think the potential is virtually unlimited. The creaminess makes for some incredibly expressive work; and I just find I enjoy the process a bit more than the ADs (still a great product though). If getting a super fine point is your goal, that might be tough as they simply are more pastel-y/soft. They compliment well with other harder brands though. The reason I say they are "overpriced" is while the quality of pigment is outstanding, I had one that the lead slipped out upon receipt (needed to be re-set/re-glued or something) and only some had the color stamped on them (?). So not sure quality control for the casings is that great. So I guess for that price, I want perfection ;)
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
THE 'GO-TO' PENCIL-WET AND DRY.
THE PRICE OF THESE PENCILS SCARES SOME BUT ONCE YOU BEGIN TO USE THEM YOU REALIZE THE CHANCE OF EVER USING THEM UP IS VERY SLIM. TRY THEM ON HEAVY TERRASKIN. AMAZING. THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE WITH THESE PENCILS-THE PIGMENT IS VERY CONCENTRATED. ALSO, AS OPPOSED TO WATER COLORS AND MOST OTHER WATER COLOR PENCILS, MUSEUMS TEND NOT TO DRY LIGHTER. WE USE THEM WET AND DRY. IF YOU TRY JUST ONE, TRY 662 OR 640 DARK ULTRAMARINE BLUE AND DO A SKY ON SOME HOT-PRESS 140-POUND WATER COLOR PAPER. WOW.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Mrs Sam
I haven't had much success with water colored pencils until trying these out. These pencils are so smooth and the colors are so pretty. Spoil yourself - they're dreamy.
Caran d'Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencil Sets
Bought the set of 12 and like them so much, I'm going to add some singles. I clicked Average for price, even though they are expensive. I didn't want to click Overpriced, however, because they really are better than any other watercolor pencils.
These are great - very intense so only need to lay a little color down otherwise can be 'too much.' The ONLY thing I don't care for is the pencils only have the number on them vs. the name of the color (except for the light cadmium red and deep cadmium yellow). So that is a little frustrating. But other than than, love them!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
12 Pencil Introduction Set Has The Perfect Choice Of Colors
I purchased the 12 pc. set to "try them" out. These are awesome pencils and the choice of colors is perfect. It contains a split primary palette which will give you the largest gamut of colors when mixing. It contains warm and cool of yellow, red and blue, two greens, two earth tones, two neutrals. The colors by number and name are: 530 Gold Cadmium Yellow, 240 Lemon Yellow, 560 Light Cadmium Red, 350 Purplish Red, 640 Dark Ultramarine, 670 Permanent Blue, 720 Bright Green, 710 Phthalocyanine Green, 034 Yellow Ochre, 059 Brown, 508 Payne's Grey, 009 Black. In this set all but two are rated 5 stars on light-fastness, 1 is 4 stars, 1 is 3 stars. Are these a little pricy? Yes, but so worth it. I will be saving up for the rest of the colors.
Oh so good
from Northeast oklahoma
I use for atc. Great job. Lays down easy & colors are so bright when water is added.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Brilliant and smooth!
from Fairport, New York
Deep color, easy to use, easy to carry around. Always a winner, Caran d'Ache. I've been using them for more than 50 years. This particular series is like liquid gold when you wet it.
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