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Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Pastel Set

The Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Set comprises a selection of assorted colours from across the vast range. The set is available in a number of sizes; 10, 15, 30, 40, 84 and 126 pastels, making it ideal to many, from those new to the media to the experienced artist. Established in 1924 by Arnold Schweitzer, Caran d’Ache takes its name from a leading Russian artist of the time, Emmanuel Poiré, in whose native tongue, 'Karandash', means 'a pencil'. Whether or not either knew, the true origins come from the Turkish 'Kara tash', meaning 'black stone'; the natural pigment that makes marks.

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The Neocolor II Water-Soluble Wax Crayon is highly versatile, soft enough to be used either dry, or mixed with water to create a watercolour paint. Due to their strong pigments, most of the colours are highly opaque meaning that lighter colours can be worked over darker colours. Colour can also be built up in layers and then scraped away to reveal the underlying layer.