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A visit at Caran d’Ache store

The first time I heard about Caran d’Ache pencils was when I was in school. My father had a metal box with some colored pencils and I loved using them. However I had no idea about their quality.

This year, while I got more and more into this art supplies world, I learned that their quality is exceptional and I’ve seen some reviews on Youtube.

On my trip to Italy, I got to try some Caran d’Ache pastels pencils from Jane Davenport and my curiosity got stronger. I wanted to buy some and test them in my studio and see what this is all bout.

So a few days ago I was at Baneasa Mall in Bucharest and paid a visit to their boutique store. My daughter was with me and we both felt like kids walking in a toy store! The girls working there were very welcoming and we got to try some pencils.

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First I took a few Pastel pencils and tested them on a piece of watercolor paper. The texture was chalky (like pastel should feel) but not as dusty as other brands I use. I quickly grabbed my favourite colors and sketched a face. My daughter took over from there and by the time I got to test the Luminance pencils, she already completed my drawing, adding some of her own touch.

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The staff was very helpful and answered all my questions regarding the different types of pencils, the diferencies between them, etc. In one corner they have a place prepared for testing and we could sit down and have a blast with all their pencils and acrylics. Then they wold hang the drawings on a small board like an exhibiton. It was so much fun!

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In the end I bought some pastels and some Luminance pencils in my favourite colors so that I could test them at home, and see how they behave with other supplies (watercolors, acrylics, markers, on paper, wood, etc). I will come back with full impresions and comments.

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Do you have any experience with Caran d’Ache pencils? I would love to hear it!

Have a day full of color!

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