Caran D’ache Pencils

by Apr 16, 2020Art Supplies

Quick overview of the superb Caran D’ache ranges of pencils.

Caran D’ache provides a great range of materials for drawing and painting. This brief summary is a simple guide to the ‘Pencil’ ranges available.

To distinguish the quality of the products – items are classified as Student or Artist quality. While both are very high quality the ‘Artists’ products are made from more expensive / better materials. For example, using natural pigments rather than synthetic.

Pencils can also be classified by whether they are ‘Permanent’ or ‘Water Soluble’. Permanent means that the pigment is not water soluble – so, wetting the pigment once on the paper will not cause any movement of the pigment.

Water Soluble Pencil ranges available include:

 

Swisscolor

a student quality, soft pencil coming in a range of tins starting at roughly £15 for a set of 12 pencils.

 

Supracolor

a softer, artist quality pencil with better pigment than the Swisscolor and starting at roughly £20 for a set of 12 pencils. Gadsby’s also sell this range of pencils individually.

Prismalo

hard leaded artist quality pencils, great for detail work, similar to the Supracolor in pigment but with harder lead. Again, these start at around £20 for a set of 12.

Museum

These are artist quality pencils which are actually ‘water colour in a pencil’ rather than water soluble lead. They are very, very soft. These start at roughly £24 for a set of 12 and are sold individually at Gadsby’s.

 

The Permanent Pencil ranges available include:

There are no Student quality permanent pencils from Caran D’ache. They are all Artist quality

 

Pablo

Like Supracolor in the water soluble range these pencils are very soft and have great pigment quality. Also, like the Supracolor, they start at roughly £20 for a tin of 12 and are sold individually.

Luminance

These are very creamy soft, beautifully quality pigmented pencils. They are the equivalent of the Museum range of water soluble pencils. The start at roughly £3.50 each.

 

Pastel Pencils

If you enjoy using pastels, or want to try them for the first time then the Pastel Pencil range is a great way to start. Starting in price at about £3.50 each they are slightly harder than a normal pastel stick and like a pencil they can be sharpened.

Have a look at a list containing many of the art & crafts brands / product ranges which Gadsby’s stock.

Related Articles

Paper for Acrylics and Oils

Paper for Acrylics and Oils

Paper surfaces - for Acrylics and Oils This week Jane looks at paper for Acrylics and for Oils. This follows from the previous review of paper for watercolours.Paper for Acrylic Paints Unlike standard paper, acrylic paper is much thicker and comes...

read more
Paper for watercolours

Paper for watercolours

Paper surfaces - for watercolours This week Jane starts to look in more detail at paper surfaces for different media. First up is paper for watercolours. Following a previous article about paper and sketch books people were asking for more detail...

read more
Acrylic paints for artists

Acrylic paints for artists

Looking at Acrylics Jane recently looked at brushes best suited to acrylic paints. This article reviews the acrylic paint ranges themselves from: Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, Sennelier, Royal Talens.Acrylics dry quickly Acrylics dry fast, so...

read more
Brushes for oil paints

Brushes for oil paints

Brushes - part 3 - for Oil Paints ...brushes for the thicker medium of oil paints Oil paints are thinker than other painting mediums - Jane continues her look at brushes with those best suited for oils. See part 1 where Jane looks at brushes for...

read more
Brushes – part 2 – Acrylics

Brushes – part 2 – Acrylics

Brushes - part 2 - for Acrylics ...the benefits of a good selection of brushes Jane continues her look at brushes - moving on to brushes for acrylics. As well as looking at what is available Jane shares some pictures of her brushes collection. See...

read more
Watercolour brushes

Watercolour brushes

Brushes ...overlooked by beginners, treasured by experience! Jane starts a mini series on brushes. This time she is looking at the ranges of watercolour brushes available from synthetic squirrel through to the Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brush. See...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This