Wednesday 3 April 2019

CARAN d'ACHE Museum Pencils

Caran d'Ache is a Swiss company that has been making a wonderful range of writing and drawing products since 1915. "Caran d'Ache comes from the word "karandash" that is the Russian term for "pencil" and in turn comes from the Turkish root "kara tash" which refers to black stone - the origins of Graphite" (

They make a range of products for the home as well.

I bought this intriguing set a number of years ago as it looked like a very portable way to carry a number of watercolour pencils. I put the leads into an old cigar package. What I particularly liked was that the pigment information was given - very rare - and the lightfast ratings are excellent. They re-wet well and can easily be used to paint with.

While I believe this set has been discontinued, the new range of traditional wooden watercolour pencils (see here) are probably made using similar pigments though the range of colours is now 80. I haven't tested the new range but they look gorgeous!

Caran d'Ache Museum Watercolour Pencils - Lemon Yellow, Golden Cadmium Yellow (Hue), Orange,
Light Cadmium Red (Hue), Scarlet.
Caran d'Ache Museum Watercolour Pencils - Purplish Red, Violet, Dark Ultramarine, Permanent Blue,
Turquoise Blue.

Caran d'Ache Museum Watercolour Pencils - Phthalocyanine Green, Bright Green, Light Olive,
Yellow Ochre, Brown.

Caran d'Ache Museum Watercolour Pencils - Genuine Umber, Payne's Grey, Black, B graphite, 3B Graphite.


  1. The certainly are a cool way to use watercolor!

  2. genuine umber is gorgeous. The new version, Umber hasn't got the rich gold

  3. i would love to see these brought back and expanded

  4. Could you share where you found the pigment information for these? (I wish all the manufacturers would provide that info!) :D

    1. There is more information on my updated post about these pencils here -