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Caran d’Ache Prismalo Aquarelle

Tim Fisher introduces techniques and ideas for you to try with these top-quality water-soluble pencils

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Prismalo Aquarelle water-soluble pencils by Caran d’Ache were the first coloured pencils to be created with a water-soluble lead. Invented in 1931, these high-quality colourfast pencils offer rich translucent washes of intense colour. They are easily identified with their white caps and a coloured varnish that matches the shade of the lead. The pencils can be purchased individually or in sets of six (£12.99), 12 (£24.99), 18 (£37.99), 30 (£63.99), 40 (£87.99) to 80 (£179.99), the larger sets having colours that are diverse enough for any subject. The quality is such that anyone should consider these as their first choice when venturing to use water-soluble pencils.

There are a number of techniques with Prismalo pencils, including dry work, such as hatching, gradation, overlaying colour and pointillism, as well as a range of wet techniques, which are often only limited by the user’s imagination. In general, I carry out most of the wet work first then complete the painting with dry pencils.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter, packed with practical tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated techniques - all designed to help the beginner and amateur to draw and paint successfully. There's something for everyone, from how to paint spring flowers, landscapes, boats and animals in watercolour to tutorials using coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, oils, pastels, acrylics and tinted charcoal. Learn how to manipulate photographs on a computer to help you compose a better picture, take your first steps with scratchboard, and discover how to gather reference material from nature. There's a look at the joys of taking part in outdoor painting competitions, even if you are a beginner, and David Bellamy introduces part two of our sketchbook challenge. There is also a host of information about art events and exhibitions, art club activities and reviews of practical art books, as well as news, special offers, competitions, holidays and workshops to enjoy.
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