|Brand||Creative Art Materials|
|Item Weight||7.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.8 x 0.91 x 10.83 inches|
|Item model number||6901.720|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||6901.72|
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CREATIVE ART MATERIALS Caran D'ache Luminance Colored Pencil Set of 20 (6901.720)
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7.8 x 0.91 x 10.83 inches|
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- High lightfastness and smoothness
- Swiss made
- 20 piece assortment
- Can be blended and layered for various effects
- Pigments chosen for purity-intensity and resistance to UV
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About Caran d'Ache
Ever since the creation of the Maison in 1915, all Caran d’Ache products have been produced in its Geneva workshops. Since its beginnings at the dawn of the 20th century, Caran d’Ache was the one and only manufacturer of writing and drawing instruments on Swiss soil, it has been part of this same lineage of excellence, technical quality and craftsmanship.
Colour pencils and inks are systematically tested for their lightfastness, while fountain pen nibs and ballpoint or roller pen tips are checked in terms of their priming quality and writing flow. Individual controls are conducted regularly in accordance with requirements and product types.
Luminance Pencil Set (Set of 20)
Luminance 6901 artist’s pencils, specifically designed by Caran d’Ache in its Geneva Manufacture with colour image professionals in mind, reaffirm the high quality standards of the Maison. The new leads are designed for works intended for exhibition, collection and museum purposes.
Highly sought after by drawing masters from every creative sector, the subtle velvety effect of the new permanent pencil stems from two years of technical research conducted in complete secrecy at the heart of the Maison’s workshops. Its delicate texture, along with the vibrancy of the many recently developed shades, open up exciting new vistas in the realms of overlaying, mixed techniques and gradation.
Its extreme lightfastness is confirmed by the most rigourous tests, earning Luminance 6901 top results.
With Luminance 6901, Caran d’Ache has achieved the feat of creating quite simply the most lightfast colour pencil ever designed.
The Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 20 piece colour pencil set is a combination of the highest lightfastness and the smoothness of a permanent lead. Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV. Colours can be blended, burnished and layered on a variety of surfaces. The casing is made of California Cedar from managed forests. The smoothness of the Luminance 6901 leads require the use of a well-sharpened pencil sharpener. The pencil cap indicates the colour of the pencil lead.
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Colors that come in this set are as follows; black, slate grey, raw umber, burnt sienna, perylene brown, russet, dark sap green, grass green, spring green, prussian blue, phthalocyanine blue, light cobalt blue, manganese violet, permanent red, anthraquinoid pink, orange, yellow ochre golden bismuth yellow, lemon yellow, and white. IDK if the set comes in random colors but if anyone else gets other colors other than what I have listed, then please let me know down in the comment section.
I have attached a pic using only 20 of these colors which was extremely challenging not having a variety. The hawk was done using prisma, poly, and these luminance.
I bought a 72 color set of lesser premium professional pencils, then used this selection to fill out the spectrum of brights and skin tones. These sit deeper in the paper than the American flagship brand, and have a more matte surface. The brands blend well enough on their own, but a colorless wax blender pencil was a good investment for the less expensive brand.
Sanguine Russet is a treasure in itself, with the rosy underglow you see in some darker skin tones. The 20 color selection doesn't duplicate the ultramarine and blue violet shades, which would bother me if it was all I had, but offers a Prussian blue in a class of its own, and a true blue with a related tint. There are three landscape greens.
The three yellows fill in missing slots in my pencil folio case, and I would have coveted this set for those alone. I just fanned them out on deep green pastel paper, along with the white, and they are popping off the page at me. It happens to be Easter morning, and crocuses are up between the snow patches outside. Oh my.
The box they come in is totally perfect to carry them outside, but I've transferred them to a case with my big set. We will go outside now.
I do not like the color range, the biggest set you can get is only 76 colors. I bought the 20 from Amazon and later purchased the 76 on Black Friday from Jerrys. I feel that pinks are really limited and wish there were more greens and blues as well. I also love that they use FSC wood meaning that it’s made from sustainable sources. From a value standpoint if you are using these in a coloring book like me they aren’t the best value. They Prismacolor and Polychromos have a much bigger range of colors, are cheaper and do a reasonable job of blending. However these are the best money can buy in terms of blending and lightfastness IMHO.
If you are considering buying colored pencils for coloring check the type of paper used in the coloring books. I found that these pencils worked well on Menuet De Bonheur, Hanna Karlzons books, Twilight Garden which have a matt finish and not as well on Tenderful Enchantments which has a slick surface.
Now, for the Color. At first try, they didn't seem to be any different from the Prismacolor Premier, which is my go-to that I adore. But, if you use a blender, these blend out further and are softer than even the Premier line ( Is that even possible?). They go on things I have already pretty much burnished, and they feel so smooth on the paper. They work well with Gamsol, and the blender from Caran D'ache is a gem which I love better than the Prismacolor blender, which sounds and feels so scratchy compared to this one. Note, it doesn't come with a blender.
Do I love them? Yes. Will I buy more. Yes, but it will take some time, since the price is pretty steep.
If you are just starting out, are these the best for you? Probably not. They are expensive, and unless you use colored pencils a lot, you may not want to foot the bill when there is a second best option out there priced like the Premier line is. But, for those of you that breath colored pencils, who suffer Colored Pencil withdrawals when doing Inktober, this is most definitely the royalty of the colored pencils world.
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These are fairly new, so they may be a little mysterious to many. The quality of pigment is very good, but this is a wax based pencil, and not an oil based pencil I think. Wax is bound to be harder, and affected by temperature. Admittedly my house is cold. I will be keeping these pencils for their rich pigments as a base to blend with a softer pencil such as Faber Castell polychromo, Derwent coloursoft, Derwent drawing pencils, or even Lyra Rembrandt Polychromos. Those brands are softer and blend with the Luminance colours to acheive smoother coverage, and shading. All the colours are harder than expected, but some of the darker colours give good depth of colour if you press. Rather disappointed. Even at £44 the set is more expensive than the other brands mentioned. Perhaps they'd be good for artists who keep a sharp pencil for thin precise lines.
White, not as visible on the black box as Derwent permanent colour.
Black, not soft enough at all to deliver dark enough black to deserve the name. Derwent drawing pencil is better and cheaper.
Orange. Very good intense bright and light orange colour.
Yellow ochre, great sandy yellow colour.
Permanent Red. Comes out a bit pale but is a proper flag red.
Russet. Gorgeous dark blood red for lips. Shading for brighter reds. Is halfway to brown.
Burnt Sienna. Reddy brown. Fab pigment. Pressure needed for dark colour.
Prussian blue. Rich colour pigmented like the watercolour of same name.
Lemon yellow, very nice acid yellow, but pale.
Manganese Violet - quite a light violet, only dark if you press.
Spring green. Very light, almost neon green. Effective highlight on leaves.
Grass green. A bit light unless you scrub away.
PhthaloCyanine blue. Very intense mid blue. Warmer than Prussian, not toothpasty, proper pigment.
Slate grey. Quite soft this one. A mid-dark grey.
Raw Umber. olive brown. Colour is true, but it is one of the hardest so comes out too light unless you press.
Anthraquinoid Pink. Glowing fleshy pink. Lightish and tinged with peach. Very useful for delicate blush on a cheek or flower.
Perylene red. Very nice dark dark red. Deeper than russet and more reddy than burnt sienna.
Light cobalt blue. Useful for a patch of sky where you want the blue to be almost invisible. I suppose. (sarcasm)
Dark Sap Green. Dark bluey green. Better pigment than the equivalent in Faber Castell, which seems like green and black mixed.
Golden Bismuth. Again they've let down the probably rather expensive and permanent pigment in this golden yellow with the hardness of the medium of delivery.
As an artist I am can not say how important is to use high quality products for any visual art. It is like pushing your potential to the maximum level. Better expressing yourself with those pencils. I love it and I like it a lot.