Imagine watercolour in stick form! Draw like a crayon, then use a wet brush to blend colours and create a wide range of watercolour effects. Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons are compact for travel or sketching outdoors. Additionally, the pigments are light resistant and can be used in combination with traditional watercolour or with pen and ink. Try them – You will fall in love with their versatility.
NEOCOLOR II water-soluble wax pastels are a product of Caran d’Ache innovation. They combine
the expertise of a specialist in colours with the great “Swiss Made” tradition. Now, 42 completely new
colours created from original pigments extend the Caran d’Ache palette to 126 colours. These are
exceptional, both for their quality and the techniques they make possible. This is an opportunity for
professional and amateur artists to fully express their talent and imagination.
Watercolour Pencils & Crayons
Here are some of the many ways to use water-soluble pencils and crayons:
1. Carefully blend some areas of a dry sketch with a size 4 or 6 paint brush and clean water. Leave the detailed areas dry. Example: see the picture on the box of 24 pencils.
2. Dip the pencils into water and apply colour to dry paper for stronger colours.
3. Apply the pencils to paper which has been dampened with a mister for rich colour.
4. Use them dry like a regular colored pencil.
5. With a wet brush, pick up some colour from the tip of the crayon and apply it like a true watercolour paint. Then you can add accents with the pencil while the paper is still damp.
6. Try layering with light applications with the side of the crayon on dry or damp paper.
7. For a looser look, try spraying a mist of water onto a dry sketch.
Other standard watercolour techniques can also be incorporated such as bleeds, back runs, scraping, salt, masking, sponging and so on. You will always get the best results with watercolour paper, but for light work (with little water) a good sketch paper will do.
Later, when you are ready to experiment further, interesting results can be achieved by mixing water-soluble pencils with other media, such as pastel, charcoal, graphite or acrylic paint.