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If you love versatility in an art medium, you'll love these professional-quality artist's crayons. They deliver strong, brilliant, lightfast color and stand up to pressure, rigourous coloring, and blending. Dip the crayon directly into water, apply water with a brush, or color onto a wet area for beautiful and easy watercolor effects.
Perfect for multi-media pieces, these crayons are fully compatible with watercolor pencils and watercolors, and can be combined with tradtional colored pencils or pen and ink. Crayons measure 4" long with a diameter of ¼".
This set contains 24 crayons, including White, Yellow, Peach, Orange, Red, Bordeaux, Cobalt Blue, Light Blue, Willow Green, Green, Van Dyck Brown, Black, Sand, Golden Ochre, Light Magenta, Cyan, Sea Green, Light Green, Light Olive, Violet, Dark Mauve, Rosewood, Burnt Sienna, and Light Gray.
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This is a keeper
Comments about Staedtler Karat Aquarell Crayons:
Great for card making. Blend well with water and lightfast when dry.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Aquarell Crayons-good enough for the professional!
By Vel-the Art Coach
from Asheville, North Carolina
Easy to transport;can complete drawings on site and watercolor later.
A Bit of a Let Down
from Annandale, VA
These definitely fall into the "you get what you pay for" category. . .They aren't as pigmented, and do not have a creamy (and so not as smooth) application. And when you add water (or use water first) they don't truly blend. The price for the set was very good, though.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to hear that that this set hasn't met your expectations, and we're happy to help you with a return or exchange. Just give us a call at 1-800-723-2787 to speak to a Customer Care Agent.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I'm enjoying finding new ways to use these WC crayons alone and by integrating them in my paintings. The colors are deep and vivid. Easy to use.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Love these Crayons!
from Portland, OR
Nice smooth application, great saturation of color, and the pigment dispersed easily with a wet brush. The set includes a versatile selection of colors.
Staedtler Karat Aquarell Crayons
from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
Great colors and can be used for washes or to add brightness in certain parts of my sketches.
By C Painter
from Minneapolis MN
Great for detail with watercolor painting.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
A must have
I have started dabbling in Art Journaling and Mixed Media. I came across these crayons and just love them. They are an excellent addition to my watercolor products. They apply easily over gesso and smooth out nicely when water is applied with a brush. It leaves a nice vibrant color on the page.
(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
By Velvet Wood
from Dallas, Tx
I primarily work in charcoals and pencil, but I've been experimenting with watercolor pencils for about a year now, and came across a small set (10 colors) of these on a clearance rack a month or so ago, and couldn't resist giving them a try. Unlike one of the other reviewers, who mentioned having a problem getting the colors to dissolve smoothly, I've had no such issues, and can only conclude that he must apply quite a bit more pressure on his initial sketches than I do. However, if you use a light touch, layering your strokes to get your darker values, it's fairly easy to get a nice, smooth appearance from these watercolor crayons, provided you are using an appropriate type of halfway decent paper. It does not take well to ultra-smooth papers, though -- be warned! The colors are fairly limited, however, they blend very well using layering in the initial sketch, or by using a wet brush to 'lift' color directly from the crayon, allowing you to mix the colors on the brush. You can also use that second technique to apply colors in a light wash over another color to get a nicely translucent effect. Overall, I found them to be surprisingly useful and easy to use, and am delighted with the lovely results I've had when I tried using the lighter colors on black paper. For me, they are a more flexible media than watercolor pencils, and seem as if they'd be quite a bit more 'forgiving' of mistakes for a beginner. However, the reason I did not give them five stars is that they are _quite_ fragile, even more so than watercolor pencils (which, as anybody who's used them more than once likely could tell you, have a very bad habit of breaking up inside the wooden shafts at the slightest tap), to the point that, no matter how light of a touch I have with them, or how careful I try to be, I'm pretty much guaranteed to end up with two or three smaller crayons in place of the original the first time I use any particular piece. On the other hand, being broken into smaller pieces doesn't particularly affect the usability of the crayons very much, so it's not a huge negative -- just slightly irritating. Oh, I forgot to mention, one more reason that I prefer them to the watercolor pencils is that they are more re-workable than the pencils, even after they've dried. Even fully dried patches of color can be blended with fresh pigment with little difficulty... with the exception of the white, which, for some reason, doesn't take well to re-working, so it's best to simply scrape it off gently with a razor-blade, and start over.
(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
By The Blooming Genius
from Franklin, NC
I have been experimenting with all forms of watercolor and just had to try the crayons. I have several full colored sets of watercolor pencils, but found they tightened up my work too much and thought these would allow me to travel with them and render better quick sketches. The same thing exists that happens with pencils though . . . they both leave spotty markings that don't dissolve well, AND this particular set had limited colors. This did not allow for sophisticated renderings even with cross/hatching to create blends. Since I don't like the spots, I wouldn't invest in a more complete set of colors. It's all fun, though.
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