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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.
Features of the Caran d’Ache Pastel Cubes include a softer texture that preserves their shading qualities. Made from pure raw materials and fed by hand into moulding dies to form cubes, the pastel paste is allowed to dry at room temperature over several days. The resulting 83 mm × 6 mm shape is easy to handle and features an imprinted color identification number.
Extremely flexible, Pastel Cubes can be held horizontally or flat for covering large areas, or vertically to use their fine edges for detailed work.
The color range for both the Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes 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 and Pastel Cubes 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.
The pencils are available individually. The themed assortments contain a carefully selected array of Pastel Pencils and matching Pastel Cubes.
Initiation Assortment of 24
This assortment provides the essential colors for getting started in pastel drawing. It can be used in a wide range of subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes, animals, or abstract art. The set includes 12 Pastel Pencils and 12 Pastel Cubes of the same color.
Landscape Assortment of 40
This assortment contains colors that are vivid, brilliant, and intense, but also the subtle tones for depicting the sky, water, the greens in flowers or forests, rocks, and the scenery of wide horizons. The set includes 20 Pastel Pencils and 20 Pastel Cubes of the same color.
Portrait Assortment of 40
This assortment offers the best colors for capturing the different skin types, textures, shadows, highlights, and tissues that are essential in the art of portraiture. It is also ideal for a wide range of animal subjects. The set includes 20 Pastel Pencils and 20 Pastel Cubes of the same color.
Retouch Assortment of 12
Warm tones inspired by the colors of the Earth, this assortment is ideal for adding the finishing touches to shadow areas, or for sketching and bringing depth or contrast to a subject. The set includes 6 Pastel Pencils and 6 Pastel Cubes of the same color.
Initiation Assortment of 24
Landscape Set of 40
Portrait Set of 40
Retouch Set of 12
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The Absolute Epitome of Pastel Pencils
By Rebekah C
from Pemberton, NJ
Comments about Caran d'Ache Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils and Pastel Cubes Sets:
The price for Caran d'Ache products are the best price on Blick. As it is, I really enjoyed the Luminance colored pencils of this exquisite Swiss brand. So naturally, I had purchased the Portrait color set with the 20 pencils and the 20 cubes set neatly in a velour-like insert. The colors are exactly as pictured in the previews with hues of corals, sienna browns, creams, a light blue, and a variety of other fleshtone hues and browns. The 20 hard cubes, which look like Conte Sticks, also match the pencils.The Caran d'Ache pastel pencils are soft with intensive color. The laquered-colored backs match the core colors perfectly. The golden name of the hues are imprinted on the top side of the wooden barrel of the pencils , which won't rub off with use and time. The pencils can be easily sharpened with a manual pencil sharpener... I use the Dahle 155 without any breakage issues. The wooden casings are constructed of a strong and well-processed wood with the cores set directly into the center. They don't crack or splinter while sharpening with a good sharpener.The pastel pencils and cubes are very good for making fine details on pastel underpaintings and over dried watercolors. I wouldn't recommend the cubes for velour-textured pastel paper, because they are quite hard and will tear the paper apart.Overall, I'm glad that I purchased the Caran d'Ache Pastel Pencil and Cube set. They are resistant to breakage, lay down smoothly and firmly on Pastel paper without leaving behind a ton of wasted hue dust. #Sweepstakes
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Orange County, CA
Granted, these are expensive - but 100% worth the price. The quality and durability are second to none.
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from Round rock, Texas
These are great for details and even more I'm very impressed with carand ache once again and great service from Bilck
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from Montz, Louisiana
These are excellent pastels with a nice variety of colors. Shipping is always good from Blick.
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Top Notch Pastels From Switzerland!
As a pastelist, I am always on the lookout for FINE pastels, and these are among the finest. The cubes and pencils are perfectly matched,easy to handle, soft enough to blend but hard enough not to fall apart with a heavy hand. Beautiful colors.
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