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.
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.
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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. Use this post together with our post on colour harmonies to help you choose the colours of your next artwork.
You can have an even closer look at the Museum pencils. Quickly sort and search the colour pencil swatches by using the simple interactive colour chart here.
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Caran d’Ache Museum watercolour pencils
This post has images of the colour swatches for each pencil in the range.
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
First, we will start with red at the 12.00 o’clock position.
Red-Orange – 1.00 o’clock
The next colour family group is red-orange at 1.00 o’clock.
Orange – 2.00 o’clock
The next colour is orange at 2.00 o’clock.
Orange-Yellow – 3.00 o’clock
Orange-Yellow sits at the 3.00 o’clock position.
Yellow – 4.00 o’clock
At 4.00 o’clock sits Yellow.
Yellow-Green – 5.00 o’clock
Yellow-Green sits at 5.00 o’clock.
Green – 6.00 o’clock
The colour family of green sits at 6.00 o’clock.
Green-blue – 7.00 o’clock
Green-blue sits at the 7.00 o’clock position.
Blue – 8.00 o’clock
Blue is at the 8.00 o’clock position.
Blue-Violet – 9.00 o’clock
Blue-violet sits at 9.00 o’clock.
Violet – 10.00 o’clock
Violet sits at the 10.00 o’clock position.
Violet-Red – 11.00 o’clock
Violet-Red sits at the 11.00 o’clock position.
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.
Now let’s look at the neutral colours in the set of 76 Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle coloured pencils.
The breakdown of these pencils are as follows. First there are the no metallic colours.
The first is neutral-black.
Next is neutral-warm grey.
Neutral-warm beige follows.
Next up is neutral-cool grey.
Finally, white is the final neutral colour.
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 *****.
Only have a few pencils?
If you’d like to try this range of pencils, you can try a basic set of 12. We have analysed the small set, and provide colour swatches, and the colour recipes of 144 colours that you can make from the basic set. You can see the 144 Museum colour recipes here.
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.
You can use the downloadable PDF’s available for purchase, and mix the colour families to make harmonious colour relationships that you can use in your art and craft. Our post about colour harmonies gives more information about which colour families make up these relationships.
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This post was originally published on 18 December 2019, updated on 14 July 2021, 3 August 2021, and 10 November 2021.