Watercolor Pencils by Cretacolor
Watercolorable artist colored pencils
Lightfast artists' colored pencils that can be used in both dry and wet techniques from the Austrian pencil factory Cretacolor. Used dry, they are suitable for quick outline drawings, hatching and detail work; with a brush, the drawings can be watercolored. For lines that are not clearly delineated, the watercolor pencils can be used directly on damp paper. Fine color gradations can be achieved by mixing the colors both dry and wet.
The watercolorable artists' colored pencils are not as soft as the Monolith watercolor pencils from Cretacolor, which we also carry in our range, but have a beautiful, intense color application, are highly pigmented and lightfast and easy to paint.
The mixture makes the color
The production of colored pencils is a science in itself and correspondingly complex. Of course, the pigments are the be-all and end-all, and the manufacturing intensity depends on the way they are processed (their decomposition) and the quantity added. In other words, a high pigment content does not necessarily result in a high color intensity if the pulping is poor.
The color smear on the paper is determined by the binder content in the lead, the type of fillers and colorants, and the proportion of waxy components. Finally, the lead diameter also plays a role: leads with a small diameter require more binder for greater breaking strength and therefore appear somewhat harder when drawing. Leads with a larger diameter allow a softer consistency (i.e. less binder), which goes hand in hand with a high color intensity and soft stroke. So-called hydrophilic or lipophilic additives (water- or fat-loving additives) determine whether a color is watercolorable or permanent.
All these parameters - type of pigments and additives, proportion of binders and lead diameter - also affect the resulting color. The color palette of our colored pencils and watercolor pencils therefore turns out quite differently.
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