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Aquacolor Crayons are highly pigmented, lightfast, and velvety smooth. These artist grade, water-soluble crayons dissolve easily and produce creamy color blends. Apply them dry and release the color with water from a brush or blender.
Individual crayons measure 3-1/2" long and 3/8" in diameter (90 mm × 9.5 mm). They are beautifully arranged in metal tins.
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By B. Sanders
Comments about Lyra Aquacolor Crayon Sets:
Super crayons! Excellent pigmentation, vibrant colors, little goes a looonnng way!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
These crayons are exactly what I needed.
By Janice F
from Dallas, TX
I love watercolor, but have never had as much control over the paint as these crayons give me. I can shade, add more color, or use sparingly with exact control. LOVE THEM!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Lyra aquacolor crayons
from Birchwood WI
I have tried several different water soluble crayons and these are the creamiest and easiest to blend with just your fingers. Then add water and they're paint. Drawing meets painting and its true love. Another way to use them is to dip in water and color directly onto a rubber stamp in place of ink. Perfect for traveling light.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
bought for stamping
I bought these to use with red rubber stamps.I find they work very well for a watercolor effect on scrapbook projects.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Lyra Aquacolor crayon
By Micki the wednesday and Thursday painter
from Schenectady , NY
I had borrowed some of these from a friend and really liked them. I am so glad that I got the 24 color version. I love how they work and their wonderful flow when wet.
Images shared by Micki the wednesday and Thursday painter
Altamont landing field.
Tags: Made with Product
(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
These are awesome!
from Snellville, GA
I thought it would be a good idea to buy a less expensive brand of water color crayons to try a technique with rubber stamps. I hated the results and they didn't color on the rubber very well. So, I decided to buy the Lyra brand and what a difference! Wow. My hand stamped greeting cards turned out so well, I sold them! They glided onto the rubber very well and once I misted them with water, they transferred to the watercolor paper beautifully. I won't ever get another brand again.
(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
from CRESCENT SPRINGS, KY.
I PLAN ON HAVING LOTS OF FUN USING THESE WATERCOLOR CRAYONS, HOWEVER, I DO NEED TO PRACTICE. I'VE GOT LOTS OF IDEAS AND HAPPY I BOUGHT THE LARGE SET WITH SO MANY COLORS.
(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
Love em! Mary Jo McGraw uses.
By Mel 2
from San Antonio, Tx
I think they are fantastic. Lots of pigment,unlike those skinny ones that one of the major art stores in San Antonio carries. I can make an entire palette to carry in my purse with just a couple of index cards. And airplane approved unlike tubes. An empty water brush and some water from the flight attendant and I can handle any delay or layover.
(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)
By In Love With Art
from Atlanta, GA
I purchased the 24-crayon set to use with my watercolor pencils and ink drawings. I'm delighted at how well the colors dissolve in water and how vibrant the colors are. Also, the selection of 24 colors seems like a good choice -- there are about an equal number of warm and of cool colors, and a decent range of more earthy colors. Plus, like watercolors, you can mix these in their wet form to form new hues. So, 24 colors seem sufficient.I made color samples, using crayons in both their dry and wet form -- there were no surprises in hue between the two forms -- unlike some watercolor pencils I've used. In their dry form they tend to be opaque, but are transparent (translucent?) in their wet form as determined by using a black India ink marker test.My only grumbles are that the crayons are labeled only by number. And, when I went to the official website, there was no listing of the different colors for different set sizes -- nor was there any color lightfast information. (Guess I'll have to do my own lightfast tests.) Finally, as another reviewer mentioned, they seem to be sold only in sets -- although I think I'll be using ALL of the crayons in the 24 colors set. Because of these limitations I gave it only four stars instead of five.
(41 of 41 customers found this review helpful)
Something magical about these crayons...
from Madison, WI
Note: I have also reviewed Neocolor II water soluble crayons. The comments there apply equally to Lyra. They are both fine products that create a very similar look in the finished work. However, I will add a few comments on this specific brand. I bought the 48-color set. There is something magical about opening the box and seeing all the colors right there, ready to go.How I use them: I have mainly painted with watercolor tube and pan paints on paper or illustration board using a fairly wet approach. I also use oil pastels. I love these water-soluble crayons because they combine some favorite features of both media. This allows many choices during the painting process. Here are a few of the possibilities - try these and you will soon be thinking up more!1.Use no water, and draw in a traditional pastel style leaving the marks intact. 2. Use a small amount of water for blending. 3. Use more water to really spread the colors for a translucent or transparent wash that resembles traditional watercolor. Or combine all three methods. Etc. Etc. The crayons are also useful in mixed media, such as adding color to an ink or charcoal drawing. My favorite surface for these is 140-lb watercolor paper as it gives the option of working with or without water. (Bockingford has a very crayon-friendly surface, and it's not expensive). But if you want to use them on pastel paper or Bristol board they will work fine, if you don't try to over-wet the surface. I use good-quality synthetic brushes, in large sizes. That's just my preference, but I see no advantage in using natural brushes, as the modern synthetics are so good. Also my style when using the crayons involves a lot of scrubbing and lifting color, so synthetics last a lot longer too:).Pros: Versatile, many great colors, easy to use for beginners or experienced painters, non-toxic and colorfast. Bonus: it's easy to create amazing, complex neutrals and shadow tones by mixing colors right on the paper, no palette needed.Cons: Nothing is perfect, so I do have a few cons. These are sold in sets, so you may end up with a bunch of unwanted colors, and can't buy your favorites in open stock. Boo! Also, in the 48-color set I found many beauties, but also a few colors that are either not as soluble as they should be, or are too weak in tinting strength to be useful. But that's true of any art product sold in sets, and the ones I don't like may turn out to be fine for someone else.Bottom line: try them!!
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