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Old 07-09-2006, 10:41 AM   #1  
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I was going to buy the pastels as I heard that you can also use the pastels in a "paint-like" way as well as dry. But lately I'm hearing a lot about Watercolor Crayons so I'm wondering if I NEED them as well/instead.

How do they work and what do you use them for? Do you recommend them?
Are they better than pastels? Do you use them instead of pastels?

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I think I just responded to your BG stamp post! (Are you putting an order together?)

I LOVE my WWCs. I got them a couple months ago and I must say I use them more than my pastels. I do watercolor paint with them. I color on my stamps and then stamp on the cardstock, looks great with floral stamps. I was so glad I purchased them. I find it much easier to watercolor paint with them than doing the reinker method.

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I bought the Caran d'Arche set of 30 watercolor crayons and really do love them. Did I need them? Well, since I had watercolor pencils and a Dove blender with markers, and regular pencils, the answer is probably no. But they are so fun to play with. For $20 for the set I have sure had hours of fun with them. The colors are not exact matches to my paper but close enough and the joy of them is that they blend so well on a palette that I can come up with almost any color I want.
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oops, I just looked, I replied to a different post of yours, sorry for the mistaken identity!
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So are you painting on the stamp itself, rather than coloring an outline stamp? I don't know that I "get" how they work....
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I bought the Caran d'Arche set of 30 watercolor crayons and really do love them.
Where did you get these at?
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I have a question too. I have the watercolor pencils, and I'm not happy with them at all. They don't match. Do the SU WCC actaully match the paper/ink?
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I think I just responded to your BG stamp post! (Are you putting an order together?)

I LOVE my WWCs. I got them a couple months ago and I must say I use them more than my pastels. I do watercolor paint with them. I color on my stamps and then stamp on the cardstock, looks great with floral stamps. I was so glad I purchased them. I find it much easier to watercolor paint with them than doing the reinker method.

Good luck with your decision.
Do you get a good result with all the colors coloring on the stamp? I tried this & couldn't get some colors to color on the rubber. Are you getting the stamp wet at all before hand?
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I have a question too. I have the watercolor pencils, and I'm not happy with them at all. They don't match. Do the SU WCC actaully match the paper/ink?
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As far as which is better, I'd say neither, lol. WWC and chalks are just different media is all. Chalks give a softer, translucent look. The wc crayons are much more vibrant. I think there are more ways to use the crayons, but the chalks still have their own, distinct "look" that really can't be duplicated.

One of the nicer things about chalk is that it is truly 100% forgiving. If you goof, you can easily erase everything.
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I have a question too. I have the watercolor pencils, and I'm not happy with them at all. They don't match. Do the SU WCC actaully match the paper/ink?
The only color I'm not happy with is the red, it is more pink than red once water is added. I've not gotten any of the neutrals, yet, and I'm curious how the black appears once water is used. But the crayons are wonderful, far superior to the pencils, imo.
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Where did you get these at?
Just google. There are many online art stores. I think I got mine from Dick Blick but did several orders from art places that week and am not exactly sure. I did find a number of places with good prices. I had a code to use on this set. The advantage to them is that one set carries the full array of colors including blacks, brown, gray, beige and white as well as several variations of each main color. They really are a complete set.
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I got the Neocolor II Aquarelle set in the Caran brand, BTW. They are on ebay now and then too!
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The only color I'm not happy with is the red, it is more pink than red once water is added. I've not gotten any of the neutrals, yet, and I'm curious how the black appears once water is used. But the crayons are wonderful, far superior to the pencils, imo.
an FYI... if you were one of the first to buy the WCC... My Real Red and Rose Red were mis-labeled.... I had to switch them!

re: the Pastels vs. WCC... I would say this... in case you have ANY inklings about buying a starter kit at some point... I would buy the WCC first. The pastels come with the Starter kit, but they are also one of the items that customers buy first. I talk to a lot of gals who say "I would buy a starter kit... but I already have the pastels!" Just a thought!
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To answer some questions . .

I paint outline type images . . . after stamping them on the paper. I simply take a wet watercolor brush or an aquapainter and pull the color up off the crayon and paint it on the paper.

You can also color on your stamped image and then use the brush to draw the color in the spaces, but I am not very good at that.

If I have a floral set like Roses in Winter I spray the stamp with water (small water spritzer in the travel section of most stores) and then color the stamp. A quick spritz again after you added the color and before you stamp helps transfer the color onto the paper.

I think all the colors are a great match and that is why I waited to spend the extra bucks on the SU set. I have invested a lot of money into my hobby and I really enjoy that all my colors coordinate. Red, like someone else said, is the only one I am not thrilled with. I use mostly the darker and brighter colors, but I find I use blush blossom so much for skin tones.

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As posted above, I think the WWC and the pastels are for different themes. The crayons I like for coloring in outline images and the pastels for detailed stamps.

I haven't found a problem with my red crayons....but I haven't used that color much....yuck!

I use the sharp point of my crayon to color directly on the stamp(as mentioned above) and the bottom of the crayon with my aqua painter. This way you don't wear your tip down.


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Forgot to mention the pastels....


I apply my pastels with the applicator for the softest look and I use my blender pen to take the chalk from the tray to the paper to give it a brushed look.
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The only color I'm not happy with is the red, it is more pink than red once water is added. I've not gotten any of the neutrals, yet, and I'm curious how the black appears once water is used. But the crayons are wonderful, far superior to the pencils, imo.
have to agree with that the red just doesn't seem read enough
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Just wondering if you use regular cardstock or watercolor paper for the WCC's?
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