A Handful of Our Favorite Pencils

Ever wonder why standard pencils are yellow? During the 1800s, the best graphite in the world came from China. American pencil makers wanted a way to tell people that their pencils contained high quality Chinese graphite. In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty and respect. American pencil manufacturers began painting their pencils yellow to […]

How-To: Neocolor II Water-soluble Wax Pastels

This video covers various basic techniques with NEOCOLOR® II Water-soluble Wax Pastel by Caran d’Ache: drawing, graded applications, washes, watercolour effects and techniques. Soft, velvety texture, ultra-high pigment concentration, luminous colours, excellent light resistance, and superior covering power – these are more than just crayons. The NEOCOLOR II Water-soluble Wax Pastels have the widest color […]

How-To Video: Getting Started with Water-Soluble Colored Pencils

Check out this video where Strathmore’s Artist Educator Sarah Becktel shares her tips for using watercolor pencils. This video has become the top video on Strathmore’s YouTube Channel because of Sarah’s straightforward method of teaching both classic and unique ways to get the most from watercolor pencils. Raw Materials carries a carefully-curated selection of water-soluble […]