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Staedtler's Karat Aquarell is a versatile colored pencil. Colors are brilliant and fade-resistant, and leads are strong for performance under pressure.
With a brush and water, fill your Karat drawing with brushstrokes, subtle washes, and beautiful watercolor effects. Pencils are pre-sharpened.
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Set of 24
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By The Artist
from Tampa, FL
Comments about Staedtler Karat Watercolor Pencils:
This was a gift for my 91 year young mother who has difficulty with her eyesight but enjoys adult coloring books. Her previous pencils did not have adequate coloration to enable her to see what she had done when putting color to paper. The Staedtler Karat pencils not only enable her to see the marks put on paper but gives her an added pleasure of blending the colors with the addition of water.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Creative Mom
from Mill Hall, pa
Saw these used for face/hand painting for children at an apple festival. It washes off very nicely yet creates bold colors that last through the day. They don't smear like regular face paints due to being water based and not oil based. I used mine on my own 2 children to watch for color staining, since these are designed for paper and not people, and had wonderful results. We even used them at my 5 year olds birthday party! Love them!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Amanda D
from Rockford IL
First set of water color pencils and love them easy to use and add great color.
My favorite watercolor pencils
By Beth the artist
from Woodbridge, VA
I have used this brand of watercolor pencils for years. I think they are by far the best on the market. The color is intense and doesn't fade over time. I highly recommend them to all watercolorists.
(15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
These are definitely NOT fade-resistant
By Gerard Lancaster
from San Francisco
It matters not how nice the colors are when you first draw or paint with them, nor how easy they are to use if the colors cannot withstand a little light. I always test my materials before investing much time in using them for artwork. I create a control sheet with a sample of each color, which goes in a dark place. And then I create an exact copy of control sheet, the test sheet, which gets put in a window. I live in a foggy neighborhood in SF, and after 6 months, I was AMAZED at how 6 or 7 colors virtually DISAPPEARED (I bought the large set), and more than HALF the colors faded badly. As far as I could tell, all the colors faded some. These are completely unsuitable for professional artist expression. The worst test I've seen in years. I wouldn't even use them for cards. Staedler, you should be ashamed.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This is my second set..
from Hopkinsville, KY
great to take along on trips and outings
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
they are okay
from san jose, ca
When I first started playing with watercolor pencils 20 years ago, I bought a large tin of these. I still have the whole set, and you used to be able to replace them open stock, but now I cannot find them open stock anywhere (the last place near me that had them open stock was the university book store downtown)I use them in combination with a tin of derwents and a tin of Caran d'ache, and they (the Karat's) hold up okay, they are noticeably harder and need a firm hand to lay down usable color, but they hold a point well and haven't found one with a broken lead yet even tho they travel with me, so if you are on the go with them and/or need them for fine detail, They are good for that.They are not greaat for laying in large areas of color, and I have found that the #8 french grey is indespensible, yet no longer replaceable on it's own. No other brand makes the exact shade. Caran D'ache's are better all around pencil and more likely to get you enthusiastic about watercolor pencil.If I could find someone with them Karat's on sale open stock I would buy them out of #8's, but other than that I do not think I'd buy them again.
(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
The Worst of the Best
By Paula the Pro
from Hewitt, NJ
I am a professional colored pencil artist. I also teach. I will not recommend Steadtler Karat Watercolor Pencils because you cannot buy them in open stock. Once you use up a certain colored pencil from their set,you cannot replace it without buying a whole other set. They are hard and have less color pigment than higher priced pencils which makes rendering more difficult. There are four really good pencil companies which make excellent pencils; I recommend Watercolor Pencils made by: Prisma Color, Caran d'ach, Derwent Rexel, and Faber Castell. All available in open stock
la la la la nice
By Kay Lee Park
from san francisco , CA
nice.It's not the softest but the colour is very very very bold!
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from Hyvinkaa, Finland
These medium-priced pencils come in 60 colors (in Europe) and that's enough for most of us. There is a good range of dark hues and no less than seven grays. The 24 and 36 colour sets are quite likable too. The pencils are not the softest but they feel smooth and nice. An excellent companion to Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle!
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