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Following the launch of its individual Pastel Pencils and themed mixed assortments of Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes, Caran d’Ache has introduced a series of general assortment sets.
Carefully selected by leading pastel artists, Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencil Sets are intended for both beginners and experienced amateur or professional artists. Ideal for preliminary work, the sets are also perfect for detailed finishing of a huge variety of subjects.
Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils are made from pure raw materials to create a pastel pencil paste that is fed by hand into round moulding dies, oven-dried in special baskets, carefully glued between two strips of the finest California cedar, and cut into lengths to produce several pencils. Four coats of clear varnish are applied, and great care is taken to exactly match the color cap to the shade of the pastel. As a final step, the pencils are sharpened in a double-cone process, a particularly delicate operation for such a fragile product.
Features of these pencils include a large lead diameter (4.7 mm) with a strong point and a rich texture that adheres well to most surfaces. Creamy to apply, the pencils shade easily, while their hexagonal, rounded barrels reduce the risk of breakage from rolling off work surfaces.
The color range includes a well-balanced selection of 84 shades that are vivid, luminous, natural (toned down), and respond perfectly to the needs of professional pastelists. Also included is a wide range of clear and dark flesh tones, and shades of Cobalt Blue, Green Earth, Beige, and cold and warm Grays often sought by pastelists who love a variety and depth of shades.
Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils are also exceptionally lightfast. Of the range of 84 colors, 61 keep their intensity and luminosity unchanged for more than 50 years, and some even up to 100 years.
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Comments about Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencil Sets:
Really work just like a medium pastel. not hard and not soft, lays down color better than any pastel pencils on the market. Great for tight shapes and small areas of tone down a bright color in a small area.
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Plan on buying the rest
By Rae the artist
from ClarkCounty, WA
The colors blend beautifully and smoothly. You can smell the minerals in the pigment while you are drawing but it's not overpowering, I actually like it.The chalk is centered in the middle of the thick wooded casings. And they come nestled in their own slots in the foam for safe travel.This is the first time I've used pastel pencils at all (been an artist for 9yrs though) and I thought they worked great! I would definitely recommend them and plan on buying the other sets to finish off my set of 40.
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Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencils
I work on a sanded board, Ampersand Pastelbord. Previously I used Derwent pastel pencils. In comparison, Caran d'Ache is softer (though not so soft that I have had any breakage; I hand sharpen using a knife with no trouble). This means the pencils wear down faster - but this is what you want, the pigment goes on the surface, and stays there; very little dust falls. Coverage is excellent. It also means that the "feel" of the pencils is different: The Derwents can glide over the gritty surface, the Caran d'Ache pencils are "grabbed" by it. Also, it's easier to layer the Caran d'Ache; the Derwents with pressure often wear off the earlier layer and replace it with the new; I learned to work with that and use it. The Caran d'Ache act differently. I find that slow short strokes with minimum pressure is the best way to apply. One plus: there are light blues good for sky, hard to find in other brands. I bought the 40 pencil set, and though they are not cheap, I plan to fill out to just about the whole range of 84, with a few Derwent colors to supplement. The lightfastness ratings range from Excellent to Weak, but only 5 of the latter. I just discard those.
from Florence, KY
These Caran d'Ache pastel pencils are beautiful and a dream to work with. I haven't gotten the chance to fully enjoy them just yet, but they have proven quickly to be worth the cost. So much better than other pastel pencils I have owned in the past!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Pastel soldier
from Darien, GA, USA
These pastel pencils are by far the best I have used yet. I have used many different kinds and these are the ones possessing top quality. The core is thick, colors are superurb, and hardness perfect for wide versatility. I did have some break while sharpening but it could have been because I hand sharpen them. My plan is to buy every single color they offer!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Best I've tried
from Bismarck, ND
I am a total convert to Caran d'Ache. Every product I've tried with the Caran d'Ache label has been superior quality and the pastel pencils are no exception. I've tried other brands and there is a constant battle with breakage and often times there is more waste than use. Not so with Caran d'Ache. Whether sharpened by hand or with a pencil sharpener there is no breakage. The pigment is superior quality and they've thought through the little details like putting the pencil number on the far end of the pencil so there isn't any guessing when it comes time to reorder. I would give this product two enthusiastic thumbs up and would highly recommend.
Beautiful pastel pencils
from Adelaide, Australia
This is the first time I have used pastel pencils but am very happy with these. They are beautiful to use and have a great colour range( with some beautiful lights). I was initially a bit concerned that they would be difficult to sharpen with a knife, but have found them to be easy to sharpen. They come in a lovely protective box. The fast delivery to Australia by Dick Blick was appreciated.
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