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Colored Pencils by Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth

No artist does without quality colored pencils! Choosing the most suitable ones can sometimes be a tough nut to crack.

When entering our stores, you become overwhelmed by the scent of colored pencils, paper, and leads, and maybe your head will be spinning from all those beautiful colors! Thus for all lovers of Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth colored pencils, we prepared an article where we'll take a close look at them. We'll explore their history, specify individual types, and advise on their suitability. So let's begin.


The history of colored pencil production as we know them today dates back to the first half of the 20th century when the colored core was invented, composed of dye and binder. It was not natural graphite, as in graphite pencils. Colored leads were and still are, wrapped in the wooden envelope and subsequently lacquered.

In the Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth range of products, you naturally find well-known woodless colored pencils, i.e., Progresso colored pencils. They've been on the market for more than 80 years, and their popularity certainly doesn't decline, as demonstrated by the extension of this series with Progresso Fluorescent, Progresso Magic, or Progresso Aquarell. If you are interested in more information about the Progresso colored pencils, you can read an interesting article about them.


One of the popular types of colored pencils used mainly by all school children is school colored pencils which are available in short and long versions or a triangular variant. The short ones are packed in paper cases of six or twelve pieces, and the long ones in sets of six, twelve, eighteen, twenty-four, or thirty-six pieces in packaging. You can purchase long school colored pencils also separately or in an original gift box in the shape of a colored pencil.


Children may also like mechanical colored pencils, especially for their practical plastic cases, suitable for travel. Mechanical colored pencils Scala consisting of twelve colored pencils and a sharpener. Aside from colored pencils, you can also buy replaceable leads in all colors and therefore use the mechanical case over and over again.


Artistic Polycolor colored pencils are one of the bestsellers in our entire assortment. You can purchase them in pre-prepared sets with a specific purpose or separately. They are used by artists regardless of age or experience, creating beautiful drawings full of colors. Besides classic sets of colored pencils from Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth, there are also available luxury retro sets of Polycolor, which will delight all passionate artists!


These colored pencils are without a wooden core, and they are encased only in lacquer. Thus their lead has six times the diameter of the classic colored pencils. Thanks to rich quality pigment, Progresso colored pencils leave unified and intense hues. We've already introduced this type of colored pencils in this article that you certainly shouldn't miss.

Thanks to the huge popularity among our customers, the Progresso family has expanded with other interesting versions such as Progresso Fluorescent. These colored pencils contain fluorescent pigment, which lightens up your drawing. Another type is Progresso Aquarell, suitable for all lovers of watercolor technique. One of them is, for instance, artist Vendula Tylová, who made with them an interesting tutorial that you find on our blog. The last type is Progresso Magic colored pencils, containing multicolored leads specific for this popular series.


Everyone who has fallen in love with the technique of watercolor will without any doubt take a liking to aquarelle colored pencils, which will bring a perfect combination of drawing and painting into your pieces of art. Working with them is very easy, and the pictures look simply amazing! These colored pencils are suitable for all beginners with watercolor, even for the youngest ones, as you can purchase them in a triangular design. Furthermore, you can choose from sets of different numbers of pieces, from six to seventy-two.


Wax Aquarell is one of our premium products for artists. These wax crayons in pencil are water-soluble, creating the watercolor effect. We focused on this interesting medium in detail in one of the previous articles you can find here. Wax Aquarell is liked especially by the artists dealing with landscape, architecture drawing, or portraiture. These wax crayons are available either separately or in sets of twelve or twenty-four pieces.


Wax crayons are a classic that we encounter most often in childhood. Therefore, these crayons are tailored to children as much as possible. They're short, not sharp, draw well, and are great for coloring. They're also available in a triangular version for a better grip or strong ones that won't break easily.


You'll surely agree that Magic colored pencils are truly magical! Their lead is multicolored, which saves all artists a lot of work when coloring large areas but also makes their works of art special. In each colored pencil, there are several shades of a given color you will appreciate, for example, when drawing water or grass areas or when shading.

Magic colored pencils are in our assortment in several, more than only colorful, variants. In addition to different colors, you can choose from triangular colored pencils, narrow ones, Progresso, etc.



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