A question got raised in another thread
about the technical difference between watercolor pencils and watercolor crayons / pastels. The specific product raising the question is Neocolor II's.
Originally Posted by charliedawg
Does anyone out there know for certain if the composition of the colour component in watercolour pencils is different from the Neocolor II pastels in any meaningful way?
So I thought I would make a thread to bring attention to this!
FIRST though, I want to show concrete proof that Neocolor II were at one time named and marketed as CRAYONS.
They are now called WAX PASTELS.
My personal theory is that it is all marketing, whether it be to expand into the pastel art market or because crayons, at least in the U.S. are things children use.
There is stunningly little online defining the difference in the binder of watercolor pencils vs crayons. Likely this is seen as proprietary information (product formulas and ingredients) and so little is publicly available.
And just to make it more confusing, there are some water soluble pastels that are a more true pastel, than than the Neocolor II's. A few years ago for a demo thread
over in the Watercolor Learning Zone, I did a little experiment comparing two brands of water soluble crayon and one brand of water soluble pastel (post #17
What I think we can agree on is that the Neocolors are a softer, waxier product -- call it crayon or pastel -- than a watercolor pencil. I do notice that the pastels/crayons tend to be called water soluble
, as opposed to the pencils which use the term watercolor
. Or does anyone out there have products differently labeled?
My use of watercolor pencils makes me think that the "lead" of the pencil is akin to pan or cake watercolor. But this may be the wrong assumption.
So back to the original question: What is the technical difference in the binders used in watercolor pencils vs water soluble crayon? And as Walter (charliedawd) suggests, what is meaningful in the difference?