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Cretacolor's Aquamonolith Watercolor Pencils are woodless pencils from Austria. They're colored pencils made of pigments and binders wrapped in a thin layer of lacquer. Paint both fine lines and big surfaces with these unique aquarell colored pencils.
They come pre-sharpened, and can easily be sharpened with a normal pencil sharpener. When a watercolor result is desired, simply rework the applied color with water and a brush.
Gift Idea — A variety of gift sets are available, in stylish and durable wood boxes, or basic starter sets. See Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencil Sets for pictures and details.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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My favorite watercolor pencil
By Connie from Idaho
from Greer, Idaho
Comments about Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencils:
I started travel sketching with student grade watercolor pencils, waterbrush and mixed-media sketch pad. Perfect for field sketching. Since there really wasn't time to sketch while keeping up with others and seeing everything, I take lots of reference photos for working up later, using the same combination of materials, but with an upgrade of pencils. I tried Prismacolor, Derwent, Faber-Castel and Cretacolor artist quality. The first 3 are pretty comparable, but the CretaColor aqua monolith pencils stand out for me. They behave like watercolors with the waterbrush on the mixed-media paper. The wash can be faded without sharp edges or beading as happens with the other three brands I mentioned. The pigment can also be lifted later if necessary. However, the colors are more transparent, requiring more layers to make them more vibrant, but the woodless pencil can be used on the side for quicker laydown. Used with the other more pigmented brands, the CretaColor is great for subtle changes of color or tone, allowing for a more limited range of more pigmented base pencil colors, for example a 12 or 24 set of the Albrecht Durers. CretaColors are not soft-core so they hold their points better, but I do not use them for laying in a sketch because they can score the paper with pressure on the point. The soft core pencils are better for the preliminary sketch. I recommend trying a couple colors, eg. blue gray and dark tan, to see if they suit one's needs before investing in more. The tins of 36 and 72 are more economical than purchasing single pencils.Pros: Beautiful range of colors, which complement soft core brands. Spread like watercolors even with a waterbrush, which allows for a lighter weight paper. Do not have to keep sharpening as with wood cased pencils. Using the broad side of the pencil point allows for more control of the amount of pigment lay-down. Cons: Still need other pencils for stronger pigment.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Lyra Rembrandt over CretaColor on cheap paper
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One of the nicest watercolors I've ever come across.
from Monroe, La.
I would use these pencils and they really bring out the intensity of the color in my drawings. State of the art.
By Ange Dylla
from New braunfels tx
Comments about Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencil Sets:
Can use to color blend with waterVery vibrant
Great for travel sketching
By Mommy liz
from Southwest Michigan
I use these for travel sketching. A few of these, some micron pens and a water brush are perfect for a light weight urban sketch kit. Like using them for washes or drawing either one. The only thing is if dropped they will break pretty easily. Already had to put tape around one since I dropped it unwrapping it out of the box:( no ones fault but my own though.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Pittsburgh, PA
Wonderful to draw with. Glides accross the paper and when washed produces a great underpainting. Also scumbling it over a textured paper gives extra depth.
Excellent, and environmentally friendly
I tried three colors, and all perform as expected.
I was disappointed with these pencils
By SS Artist
from Dallas Texas
The pigment is lighter than I thought it would be. I did like the solid color pencils though.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
My New Love!
from ABQ NM
These are totally my new favorite watercolour pencils! I love the smoothness of their application, the weight of the pencil and the way the pigments flows onto the paper once water is applied. I can not wait to get more colors (ALL colors!) in this Monolith style. I have tried and do still have and use, almost every watercolour pencil that Blick carries and now, I will buy no other, unless there is a color limitation (which I doubt - except maybe in the pale flash tones-- hint hint!) Seriously, I love these.
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Great Watercolor Pencils
from Bakersfield, CA
I ordered these pencils for a very creative granddaughter and she is in love with all the things she can do with them. I'm excited to start getting some artwork!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
woodless watercolour pencils
By Karen from Canada
from Punta Gorda. Florida
thanks, the company called and checked about my address before shipping, I appreciated this. The pencils were just what I have been looking for, quality and price wise.
Cretacolor has an impressive line of watersoluble products including briques, pencils, crayons and pastels. All of these products perform wonderfully as drawing tools — but become fluid and even more brilliant when you add water. This video defines the various attributes of Cretacolor's Aqua Briques, Aqua Stics, Aqua Monolith Pencils, Marino Watercolor Pencils and Carré Pastels.
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