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Founded in 1915 in Geneva as Maison Caran d’Ache, Caran d’Ache was renamed in 1924 as a tribute to the famous French illustrator, Emmanuel Poiré.

Caran d’Ache first specialized in graphite and colored pencils and eventually diversified to include wax oil pastels, mechanical pencils, and the first ballpoint pens.

With its invention of Prismalo, the world’s first watersoluble colored pencil, Caran d'Ache revolutionized the world of design and color. A goal of helping scholars discover their artistic senses and talents also led the company to develop a new formula for wax oil professional crayons, Neocolor I, followed by the watersoluble version, Neocolor II.

Today, technical excellence as well as impeccable quality stemming from the Swiss tradition of fine craftsmanship continue to give rise to some of the world’s most sophisticated writing instruments and the most luminous colors.

Caran d'Ache

Charcoal and Graphite Sticks and Blocks
Colored Pencils
Oil Pastels
Pastels and Pastel Pencils
Watercolor Pastels
Watercolor Pencils
Other Products by Caran d'Ache
  • Caran d' Ache Luminance Colored Pencils
    Caran d' Ache Luminance Colored Pencils

    Luminance colored pencils were developed by Caran d'Ache at the request of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Every shade has been formulated using finely ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV rays, so they are extremely lightfast. See some of the techniques that can be used only with this unique, artist quality pencil.

  • Caran d' Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons
    Caran d' Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons

    Neocolor II is a water soluble artist crayon made from high quality, lightfast pigments. They are softer than colored pencils and denser than wax crayons. When used on their own, Neocolor II Crayons are smooth drawing instruments great for sketching and filling in large areas. When used with water, they become an intensely vibrant and luminous watercolor paint. They can even be used to draw on glass, metal and other non-porous surfaces. Watch this video to see this unique artist crayon in action.

  • Caran d'Ache Neopastels
    Caran d'Ache Neopastels

    Neopastels are a professional quality oil pastel with excellent smoothness and blendability. They're made from permanent, lightfast pigments that are bright and vibrant, even on dark backgrounds. These dustless, opaque pastels glide easily on paper, but also work great on a wide variety of substrates - they'll even stick to non porous surfaces like glass and plastic! See why Caran d'Ache Neopastels are a great oil pastel.

  • Caran d' Ache Pablo Colored Pencils
    Caran d' Ache Pablo Colored Pencils

    Soft and water-resistant, Pablo pencils offer superb lightfastness and bright, clean colors. These professional quality colored pencils have soft and highly pigmented cores, so they will cover surfaces completely. In addition to paper, they are also great on wood and for colorizing photographs. See Pablo pencils in action.

  • Caran d' Ache Supracolor Soft Watercolor Pencils
    Caran d' Ache Supracolor Soft Watercolor Pencils

    Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils are like having two art mediums in one! The soft core provides the option for smooth rich laydown of color and precise line drawings; or, add a wet brush and the color becomes liquid and flows like watercolor. Watch this video to see how bright and luminous these professional quality water-soluble colored pencils are. Supracolor have exceptional covering power and excellent lightfastness to meet the most exacting demands of artists and illustrators.


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