Monday, March 14th, 2011

Crayons for Grown-Ups

Stephanie

If you think you might enjoy a fun and simple tool to create art, try the Neocolor crayons made by Caran d’Ache. They come in waterproof (Neocolor I) and water soluble (Neocolor II) versions. Each are highly pigmented and super smooth. They are not at all the waxy bits you remember from your childhood. The Neocolor II’s are way cool because you can use them like watercolor paints! Draw on paper, run a wet brush over the painting and viola! Portable paint! You can also try dipping the crayon into water then drawing with them, or touching a wet brush to the tip of the crayon and then painting with the brush.

I’ve had a set of the Neocolor II’s for a few years and though I’m not using them every day, they have lasted a long time. I especially like using them on darker paper. I am looking to get a set of the I’s, to see what kind of art experiments I can come up with using a waterproof crayon. Maybe use them under acrylic paint? The II’s are easier to find and come in various sized sets. You can typically buy them at specialty art stores. I’ve only been able to find the Neocolor I’s online from a few of the specialty stores. Sooner or later I’m going to just bite the bullet and get a set. A 30 piece set of either will set you back about $48. The Blick near me also carries the II’s as open stock – so you can buy a few in your favorite colors just to try. (About $1.75 each)

Have you ever tried these? Do you think you would want to? You know that blank Webbie is calling you….

Image © Stephanie “Biffybeans” Smith All Rights Reserved.

6 thoughts on “Crayons for Grown-Ups

  1. Hmm your post reminded me that I haven’t used mine in a while though they earned a permanent spot in my sketching kit and drafting table long ago. The Caran d’Ache Neocolor I metallic crayons also work quite nicely on ceramics. Both formats (I & II) feature richly saturated colors with a smooth lay down on many supports that would make a convert out of anybody tired of the faint hues of the average waxy kids’ crayons. Neocolor II crayons are among the first art supplies that I tend to share with budding artists. Only downside might be that when they get used to the best crayons available so early on, value brands might prove inadequate too soon ;)

  2. Hmm your post reminded me that I haven’t used mine in a while though they earned a permanent spot in my sketching kit and drafting table long ago. The Caran d’Ache Neocolor I metallic crayons also work quite nicely on ceramics. Both formats (I & II) feature richly saturated colors with a smooth lay down on many supports that would make a convert out of anybody tired of the faint hues of the average waxy kids’ crayons. Neocolor II crayons are among the first art supplies that I tend to share with budding artists. Only downside might be that when they get used to the best crayons available so early on, value brands might prove inadequate too soon ;)

  3. I haven’t tried the Neocolors, but I do have Lyra Aquacolor crayons. The kids and I focus on art on Mondays. You’ve inspired me to have them try their hands at drawing with the Aquacolors. Thank you.

  4. I haven’t tried the Neocolors, but I do have Lyra Aquacolor crayons. The kids and I focus on art on Mondays. You’ve inspired me to have them try their hands at drawing with the Aquacolors. Thank you.

  5. I grew up knowing about these crayons. The reason? My mother used them on us as face paints! Every Halloween, out would the caran d’ache crayons (we even knew the name!), and a slight bit of water running from the faucet was all it needed. Kitty whiskers, pink noses, anything a couple of little girls could ever ask for.

    Needless to say they also work just fine on various papers, having bought a set for myself ad soon as I left home years back. ;)

  6. I grew up knowing about these crayons. The reason? My mother used them on us as face paints! Every Halloween, out would the caran d’ache crayons (we even knew the name!), and a slight bit of water running from the faucet was all it needed. Kitty whiskers, pink noses, anything a couple of little girls could ever ask for.

    Needless to say they also work just fine on various papers, having bought a set for myself ad soon as I left home years back. ;)

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