The Caran d’Ache Museum aquarelle watercolour coloured pencil range is vibrant with strong pigment. It is a smaller range than the other Caran d’Ache aquarelle watercolour range Supracolor Soft. The Museum range has 76 pencils.
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How this post can help you
This post will help you save your time and energy. It will show you what colour family colours and neutral colours are included in the Museum aquarelle watercolour pencil range.
You can have an even closer look at the Museum colours. Quickly sort and search the colour pencil swatches by using the simple interactive colour chart here.
Caran d’Ache Museum aquarelle watercolour pencils
This post has images which includes the colour name, number and lightfast rating of each pencil. It also provides a colour swatch for each pencil in the range.
The chart below shows all the colours in the range (including the colour wheel family colours and neutrals). They are shown clockwise.
The bar chart below represents 76 pencils. 11 are neutral, none are metallic, and 65 are colours that belong to the colour wheel colour families.
This post is part of a series in which I have had a closer look at the coloured pencils in my art and craft stash for your information. You can refer to this disclaimer to see how the analysis was done to decide on colour pencil colours.
The colour wheel colours
The 12 colour wheel family colours available in the set are shown clockwise below:
The Colour Wheel Clock
The colour wheel moves clock-wise around the wheel. The table below shows the colour family positions on the clock.
Of the colour wheel colours, the make up of each is outlined below. While the colours are of varying shades and tones, the predominant base colour belongs to the colour wheel family in which it has been placed.
Red – 12 o’clock
Starting with red at the 12.00 o’clock position, the image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes four red colour family pencils.
Red-Orange – 1.00 o’clock
The next colour family group is red-orange at 1.00 o’clock. This shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes six red-orange colour family pencils.
Orange – 2.00 o’clock
The next colour is orange at 2.00 o’clock. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes three orange colour family pencils.
Orange-Yellow – 3.00 o’clock
Orange-Yellow sits at the 3.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes nine orange-yellow colour family pencils.
Yellow – 4.00 o’clock
At 4.00 o’clock sits Yellow. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes four yellow colour family pencils.
Yellow-Green – 5.00 o’clock
Yellow-Green sits at 5.00 o’clock. the image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes eight yellow-green colour family pencils.
Green – 6.00 o’clock
The colour family of green sits at 6.00 o’clock. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes six green colour family pencils.
Green-blue – 7.00 o’clock
Green-blue sits at the 7.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes five green-blue colour family pencils.
Blue – 8.00 o’clock
Blue is at the 8.00 o’clock position. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes five blue colour family pencils.
Blue-Violet – 9.00 o’clock
Blue-violet sits at 9.00 o’clock. the image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes five blue-violet colour family pencils.
Violet – 10.00 o’clock
Violet sits at the 10.00 o’clock position. The image below shows that the coloured pencil set of 76 includes four violet colour family pencils.
Violet-Red – 11.00 o’clock
Violet-Red sits at the 11.00 o’clock position. The coloured pencil set of 76 includes 6 violet-red colour wheel colour family colours.
Colour wheel colour family – Summary
As you can see from the above images, the Caran d’Ache Museum aquarelle watercolour pencil range has pencils in all the colour family colours. No colour families have 10 or more pencils in each colour family (see bar chart below). However, the yellow-green and orange-yellow colour families have 8 and 9 pencils.
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Of the set of 76 coloured pencils – 11 are neutral, and has no metallic pencils. These are shown clockwise in the image below.
The breakdown of these pencils are as follows. First there are the no metallic colours.
Next is one neutral-black pencil.
Next is one neutral-warm grey pencil.
Next are no neutral-warm brown pencils.
Neutral-warm beige follows with four pencils.
Neutral-cool grey follows with four pencils.
Neutral-cool brown has no pencils.
Neutral-cool beige has no pencils.
Finally, white is the final neutral colour with one pencil.
The bar chart below shows the breakdown of the set’s neutral colours.
As you can see, the Caran d’Ache Museum coloured pencil set and range is made up of a variety of colours and neutrals.
As noted above, the selection is subjective and the reviewer has chosen colour by looking at the actual physical coloured pencil swatches. Nevertheless, you may find that particular colours belong in different groups or colour families.
Of the 76 set of coloured pencils, 1 pencil has the lowest lightfast rating of **, 4 coloured pencils have a lightfast rating of ***, 10 have a lightfast rating of ****, and 61 have the highest lightfast rating of *****.
Make your own colour chart
For your knowledge, it’s advisable to draw up your own colour chart so you can get to know the actual colours of your coloured pencils. You will then see how your pencil perfoms on the papers that you use for your drawings.
However, it takes a long time to make your own chart, and it’s usually something we don’t get around to doing.
If you’ve made your own charts – that’s great. But – as is practical, you might also have your charts in one physical place while you draw in another. You need to have access to the colours where you are – hopefully you’ll be there with internet access and your mobile device.
Interactive Museum Aquarelle colour chart
To help you with this, the colour charts used in this post were rearranged into a sortable and searchable format. You can access this chart by clicking the image below. This chart should help you choose your Caran d’Ache Museum coloured pencil colours. It will also help you get a better understanding of what pencils are available in this coloured pencil range.
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