The colored pencils and pastels we stock, both individually and in sets, provide a range of consistencies and properties for a wide variety of drawing, painting, coloring, and blending techniques. We’ve listed some of our favorites below.
COLORED PENCILS + WATERCOLOR PENCILS:
Oil-based leads offer rich lightfast colors, smooth lay-down, and superior break resistance. (Faber-Castell colored pencils and Durer watercolor pencils are color-indexed to match Pitt Brush Pens)
Faber-Castell Durer Watercolor Pencils:
The same color range as Polychromos, but in a water-soluble variety with colors that dissolve evenly and fully for watercolor effects.
Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils:
‘Irojiten’ is the Japanese expression for “Color Encyclopedia.” These durable pencils have soft, thick leads that lay down smoothly and blend beautifully. The range of 90 colors is especially suited for natural subjects such as landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. Eight eye-popping flourescent colors, too!
Caran D’Ache Pablo:
Exceptionally rich colors that layer and blend to achieve an extraordinary range of intensity and value. Colors can be layered with no waxy buildup and without damaging paper surfaces.
Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle:
These exceptional watercolor pencils feel more like watercolor paint in pencil form. The colors dissolve fully and easily in water for rich painterly effects.
Lyra Color Giants:
Jumbo-sized pencils to cover large areas with color or make a range of expressive lines. Great for mixed media since they work well in combination with paints and inks, especially acrylics. The thick wax-based leads maintain their point and are very break resistant.
Thinner, harder leads for fine linework. Eraseable colors for sketching and correcting.
Soft, thick leads for creamy, smooth application and blending.
CarbOthello Pastel Pencils:
Soft, blendable color like chalk pastels, but with less dust and breakage and more control to create lines and textures. Partially water-soluble for light wash effects without a fully dissolved line. The CarbOthello sharpener sharpens any soft pencil with minimal breakage.
120 blendable colors from deep to bright to delicate to subtle: Semi-Hard square sticks for line drawing, details, and underpainting; Medium Soft round for layering, blending, and broad, smooth strokes; and luxurious Soft Hand Rolled for subtle shading, vibrant fields of color, and painterly effects. “StreetStix” are a jumbo version of the Medium Soft pastels for street painting and working in a large scale.
Cray-pas Expressionist Oil Pastels:
Soft, brightly colored oil pastels. Very versatile for drawing and mixed media. Blend dry or with mineral spirits for paint-like effects.
Caran D’Ache Neocolor II:
Watersoluble wax pastels that can be used on their own for strong, brilliant blendable colors, or brushed with water for vivid transparent or opaque watercolor painting and mixed-media techniques.