Colored Pencil Info
 
 
 
Cretacolor
 
About the company
 
Cretacolor is located in Austria, where they make a variety of artist and children's art products, including dry and water-soluble pencils, blocks, and crayon like sticks.
 
Cretacolor's artist's colored pencil are called the Karmina. They are a reddish brown on the outside, and are hexagonal shaped. The pencils have end-caps painted to match the core colors. The pencil name and number are on the exterior. The Karmina pencils do not have lightfast ratings on them.
 
Cretacolor's water-soluble pencils are called the Marino. They have blue exteriors and are round. The large set has 35 water-soluble colored pencils and one water-soluble graphite pencil. The Marino's have lightfast ratings on the pencil.
 
The colors are close to being the same between the traditional and water-soluble sets, but there are some differences. The numbering system for each range is a bit wacky- the first three numbers change at the end of the range, and the last two numbers repeat- for example there are two pencils in each range that end in 01.
 
Cretacolor makes a variety of woodless water-soluble products as well.
 
 
Cretacolor
Artist Colored Pencils
 
 
  • Artist quality traditional and water-soluble colored pencils
  • 36 pencils for each pencil line (aquas have 35 colors and one graphite pencil)
  • Sets; difficult to find open-stock in USA, but Jerry's Artarama Store brand (Soho Urban Artist Colored Pencils) are made by Cretacolor
 
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order
  • Lightfast
  • Made in Austria
  • Hard
 
 
 
No lightfast charts available for the traditional pencils, but lightfast ratings are on the water-soluble pencils.
 
Both the traditional and water-soluble pencils are in the hard ranger, and can have hard spots that leave streaks, but they are not too bad about this. They do not 'give' as much pigment to the paper as the softer water-soluble pencils such as Caran d'ache and Faber-Castell.
 
 
 

 
Number
Karmina
  Traditional
 
Number
Marino Water-Soluble
Lightfast
271 01 
Permanent White

241 01 
Permanent White
I
271 05
Naples Yellow

241 03
Yellow White
II
271 07
Cadmium Citron

241 05
Naples Yellow
II
271 08 
Chromium Yellow

241 07  
Cadmium Citron
II
271 11
Orange

241 08
Chromium Yellow
II
271 13
Permanent Red Light

241 09
Permanent Dark Yellow
II
271 15
Permanent Red Dark

241 11
Orange
I
271 16
Carmine Extra Fine

241 13
Permanent Red Light
II
271 17
Madder Carmine

241 15
Permanent Red Dark
II
271 31
Tan Light

241 17
Madder Carmine
I
271 34
Cyclamen

241 31
Tan Light
II
271 35
Old Rose Light

241 34
Cyclamen
II
271 28
Magenta

241 16
Carmine Extra Fine
I
271 38
Violet

241 28
Magenta
II
271 56
Blue Violet

241 38
Violet
II
271 62
Indigo

241 55
Ultramarine
II
271 55
Ultramarine

241 62
Indigo
II
271 61
Prussian Blue

241 61
Prussian Blue
I
271 53
Delft Blue

241 63
Bremen Blue
II
271 58
Light Blue

241 51
Glacier Blue
I
271 81
Moss Green Light

241 58
Light Blue
II
271 82
Moss Green Dark

241 81
Moss Green Light
II
271 84
Grass Green

241 82
Moss Green Dark
II
271 91
Olive Green Dark

241 84
Grass Green
II
271 78
Leaf Green

241 91
Olive Green Dark
II
271 77
Emerald

241 77
Emerald
II
271 76
Turquoise Dark

242 01
Ivory
II
272 01
Ivory

242 02
Ochre Light
II
272 02
Ochre Light

242 15
Chestnut Brown
II
272 03
Ochre Dark

242 16
Olive Brown
II
272 09
English Red

242 09
English Red
I
272 15
Chestnut Brown

242 21
Umber
I
272 21
Umber

242 50
Ivory Black
I
272 50
Ivory Black

242 35
Dark Grey
I
272 35
Dark Grey

242 32
Light Grey
II
272 32
Light Grey

242 60
Graphite Aquarell
I