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AquaStics watersoluble oil pastels have exceptional water solubility and high pigmentation. Due to their softness, they are especially suitable for numerous drawing techniques including blending and sgrafitto. Use them on various surfaces including canvas, wood, glass, and more. They're exceptionally lightfast and blend beautifully.
Choose the assorted color AquaStics or the Cretacolor Metallic AquaStics that have the same properties as the regular AquaStics with a shimmering gloss-metallic finish.
163 Bremen Blue **
107 Cadmium Yellow *
116 Carmine Extra Fine **
215 Chestnut Brown **
108 Chromium Yellow *
232 Cloud Gray *
235 Dark Gray **
153 Delft Blue **
209 English Red **
151 Glacier Blue **
184 Grass Green **
212 Indian Red **
162 Indigo *
201 Ivory *
250 Ivory Black *
158 Light Blue **
117 Madder Carmine *
128 Magenta **
182 Moss Green Dark *
181 Moss Green Light *
105 Naples *
202 Ochre Light *
216 Olive Brown **
191 Olive Green Dark **
111 Orange *
109 Permanent Dark Yellow *
115 Permanent Red Dark **
113 Permanent Red Light *
101 Permanent White *
161 Prussian Blue *
211 Red Brown **
164 Smyrna Blue *
103 Sun Proof Yellow *
130 Tan Dark *
131 Tand Light **
155 Ultramarine **
221 Umber **
138 Violet **
Set of 10, Assorted Colors
Set of 10, Metallic Colors
Set of 20, Assorted Colors
Set of 40, Assorted Colors
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Using Cretacolor AquaStics is new to me and they perform wel
Comments about Cretacolor AquaStics:
I use Cretacolor AquaStics with watercolor and gouache and I do like very much how they handle and blend together.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
My Granddaughter loves them!
from San Diego Ca,
My granddaughter is an artist at the age of 4. She loves that I send her art materials. It is her favorite things to so, The fact that they were water soluble made it even better for her because she could also use her paint brushes to make her drawing more fantastic. I am an artist and I love that I can encourage a little tike to be an artist too. I am very pleased.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
By jeb the painter
from sw wi dodgeville
i use these sticks in so many ways....wet on wet, wet on dry, on top and bottom of paintings with inks and over mass tones created with reg watercolor washes. great for drawing and then adding water for washes. They remain soft w/out a skim coat between usage that u have to remove to use...as do some others i've tried. there is plenty of pigment and a wonderful array of colors....espec enjoy the metallic version in conjunction w/reg stick
(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Best pastels I ever used
from Fredericksburg, VA
I have started experimenting with them. Not like any others I have used.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
works great as a watercolor-oil pastel h
By H. M.
from Stanford, CA
I use these as a watermedia tool in paintings on their own, or dry on metal or wood.They provide excellent color vibrancy, much better than the "gelatos" and gel sticks that are popular right now--these stay vibrant when wet and don't need a gesso underpainting like the gelatos to get the same result. They also come in a great range of metallics, which I just got, and I am excited about using them!They lift easier and go down more opaque than my traditional watercolors or inks, and while this is a minus if I used them with the paints, it is a great way to get other effects when I use them on their own, especially granular textured effects.I am not a mixed media artist--what I look for as a watercolorist is pigment vibrancy and quality as well as lightfastness, and these provide all that. This was the first media outside of traditonal watercolor paints or inks that I have tried to use seriously, and they produced very exciting results.
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(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)
Fantasic Water Media Addition!
from Kenosha, WI, USA
Cretacolor AquaStics have excellent lightfast ratings, something that attracted me to them. I bought them as a delightful addition to my other water based media for fine art applications. They are specialist water soluble oil pastels that really can be applied as they are, melted for thicker encaustic art or layered for sgraffito techniques. But did you know that you can mix AquaStics with acrylic mediums, other water media or fluid acrylic paints? (Always test the colors, combinations of products and your techniques first.) There is one thing about them that's sometimes quite desirable and sometimes something I have to work around -- AquaStics may sometimes act as a bit of a resist with other water based media.These days, I'm having a blast mixing wetted AquaStic with fluid acrylics and/or acrylic mediums, something that works because the fluid acrylics, acrylic mediums and AquaStics are all water soluble and all somewhat to very transparent, depending on various factors.My favorite thing at the moment is to rub a wet paint brush over an AquaStic until I get a good load of color on my paintbrush, then mix that into a bit of acrylic glazing medium. The resulting mixture gives me washes of color that allow previous pen, pencil, marker or paint underneath to show through. I can apply another layer of the acrylic glazing medium and AquaStic mix after the previous one dries without lifting or smearing of the underlying AquaStic glaze layer. The glazing medium gives me a nice open time. I can also glaze over my AquaStic glazes with a fluid acrylic glaze to give a piece or area a unified look.I have the AquaStic 80 count sets, some smaller sets, and the metallic set. I'm very happy with my Cretacolor purchase. The colors are very nice and the range of colors is delightful.I use them on student canvas board, watercolor canvas, gessobord, claybord, watercolor paper, acrylic paper, and wood.The only reason I didn't give them a 5 and status as "best in its category" is that I have not compared them to the range of other water soluble oil pastels.Since they are water mixable and can melt, I store them in a cool dry place and never ever leave them in the car.I'm very impressed with Cretacolor's products and this has been no exception.
(31 of 33 customers found this review helpful)
as advertised - sort of....
from Madison, WI
I'm fascinated by art media that combine drawing with painting. I've been testing various brands of water soluble crayons and pencils, and decided to try these as well. I bought the smallest set to test, and here is what I have learned so far.What they are: a hard stick of oil pastel, similar to a wax crayon in texture and line quality, with color that dissolves in water. What they aren't: soft and blendable without water, unlike regular oil pastelsHow I use them: so far, I'm just doing test drawings to see what these sticks can do. They dissolve immediately and smoothly, as the manufacturer states. Depending on the amount of water, they can be lightly blended with a damp brush to create a soft-focus look, or diluted further to make a thin wash of color. This would be useful for creating a colored underpainting for softer types of pastel. If you plan on doing a lot of blending, it's best to use a heavy ground such as watercolor paper, that can take the wetting and drying you will need for this medium. If used dry, they create a hard line, rather than the soft and "smooshy" line you get with regular oil pastels. They do NOT blend well in their dry state. This seemed kind of weird at first , but of course they DO blend when wet. It's just a matter of getting used to their unique properties.PROS: Lots of colors, easy to blend when wet, hard textured stick holds a point and can be used for finer lines than are usually possible with oil pastel. The wet effects are lovely and very similar to what I get with neocolor II or Lyra crayons. CONS: To me these seem to duplicate what I can already do with water soluble crayons or pencils. They are a nice accessory to oil pastels, but not an exact duplicate or replacment.BOTTOM LINE: Cool product that is fun to use and suitable for detailed line drawings and mixed media. With water, can be blended for a painterly look. However, it's not suitable for a very textured or thick application like you get with regular oil pastels. Not sure I actually need them, but I'm glad I tried them.
(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
At the recommendation of several professors and artists, I used these in art school in the late 80's when Cretacolor was kind of new on the scene, and their pigments held up to the test of time, while the products were innovative and inexpensive. I have tried the sticks, over the years, and they have a good feel and vivid color. I don't own many of them, but just wanted to mention it is a quality brand that has been around awhile.
(8 of 28 customers found this review helpful)
"Not what I expected"
By Artist Maria
from Scranton, PA
I bought the large 80 count set of Cretacolor AquaStics watersoluble oil pastels for a number of projects I need to do for a show in the spring. What attracted me to them were the large selection of colors and that they were artist grade oil pastels. I thought they would act like oil pastels and was very disappointed to find that they did not live up to my expectations. They are hard not smooth and one of the sticks broke in my hand in the middle of my work. I finally got my watercolor brushes out to save the project. My piece turned into a watercolor painting. On another day I thought I would give them a second chance since I spent money on them but sadly I had the same results. This time the project went into the trash bin. If you are into oil pastels don't buy Cretacolor AquaStics watersoluble oil pastels unless you desire to do a watercolor painting. I will be putting my set on the shelf until my work calls for watercolors. In the mean time I will have to buy a real set of artist grade oil pastels to finish my projects…
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing water solubility.........I loed to get the the fantastic water colour effects combined with crayon strokes!
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