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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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lots of pencil for the money but poor performers
from Minneapolis, MN
Comments about Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencil Sets:
I got these for their woodless color cores. I thought they would be a nice addition to my watercolor pencil collection. For interesting effects I could break them up into smaller pieces and use them on their sides like pastel.Unlike most pencils I own, these are very stiff, which they have to be, there is no wood casing to protect them. These pencils hold a point better then most due to their stiffness, making fine details and super light coloring easier.As colored pencils these are a lot of fun and preform well, as a watercolor media they are poor performers.These pencils leave ghost marks that can't be blended or scrubbed away by a scrub brush or stiff waterbrush. They did the best on my favorite 'lifting' paper, Canson Montval, which works great with stubborn watercolor makers and pencils. However it did not do much to help lift the colored pencil marks. I was also disappointed by how difficult it is to build a mass tone. If you apply the color very thick, it will wash out to a very light wash. There is not a lot of pigment in the pencils and in order to get deep colors you have to build up layers. That may not sound too bad, unfortunately there is a tipping point where a thick layer will have a 'chalky' and opaque look. I could see these being very useful as a 'texture' pencil, the disadvantage could be turned into an advantage. Wax colored pencils could provide texture but when washed over they resist water and leave halos. These pencils don't have that disadvantage and could be used for subtle textures. If that is something you want in your art, then these would work well along side watercolor or other mixed media, which would provide the deep vivid color that these lack in their 'activated' state.I did mark this review as 'would't recommend', which is true for most people, but there are a few who I would recommend these to based on the style of their work.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Very nice and excellent quality
from Granger In
I bought for my daughter and she loves them. Great service.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
cover smoothly, wet or dry
By janie m.
I like them, as compared with watercolor pencils, as they cover smoothly and broadly used on their sides, and then when wet they blend well without leaving traces of the lines, if using the points, as watercolor pencils do. I don't have other watercolor pencil "sticks" to compare them with, (other than watercolor crayons, which are more "waxy" and broad covering and can't give a fine line). These are hard like the pencils and give a crisp line if wanted, which even then, when water is applied don't leave traces of the line. I haven't tested all the colors, as maybe a more staining color would, but generally speaking, I like their full dissolving quality.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
My favorite watercolor pencil
By Connie from Idaho
from Greer, Idaho
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.
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Lyra Rembrandt over CretaColor on cheap paper
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
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.
(2 of 2 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.
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