Colored Pencil Info
 
 
 
Van Gogh Colored Pencils
 
Van Gogh is a Brand name of Royal Talens, a Dutch company now owned by the Japanese.
 
Company History
 
Royal Talens was formed in what is now the Netherlands (Holland) in 1899. Marten Talens founded the “Dutch Factory for Paints, Lacquers and Inks” as a family business. In 1904 they were selling their first oil paints and watercolors. In 1912, Talens set up a sales office in America.  In 1924 they began making pastels, and the Rembrandt pastels are still a leader among pastel artists.  The Royal part of the name was actually earned (remember the Netherlands has a monarchy) in 1949 for their high-quality innovation. In 1991, Royal Talens became part of the Sakura Color Products Corporation, with its headquarters in Osaka, Japan.
 
Royal Talens are the makers of Van Gogh brand of colored pencils. Sadly, Van Gogh's are no longer sold in the USA.  Van Gogh makes both traditional and water-soluble pencils, which match. Royal Talens combined their expertise in paint making (they sell the brand Rembrandt watercolors along with other paints) with their expertise in pencil making.
 
Van Gogh pencils lay down color very easily. There is no issue with hard streaks and very little crumbling.
Van Gogh
Artist Colored Pencils
and Water-soluble Pencils
 
 
  • Now Discontinued
  • Artist quality  traditional and water-soluble colored pencils
  • 60 colors were available in each line
  • Guaranteed lightfast
  • Sets; difficult to find in USA
  • Pencils are pre-sharpened
  • Sets come arranged in color order
  • Made in the Netherlands (Holland)
 
 
 
 
The Van Gogh pencils are guaranteed to be lightfast. Both their traditional and water-soluble pencils come in 60 colors, which match each other.
 
The exteriors on both the traditional and water-soluble pencils are round. The Traditional pencils have a dark blue (indigo) end cap, and the water-soluble pencils have a very light bluish grey end cap.
 
The pencils have the color name, number, and lightfast rating on each one.
 
The pencils sold in the US were in interesting cases. You could remove the pencils and they stood up (most of the time) in their plastic holders.
 

Pencils
 
 
 
 
 
Color Chart
 
Traditional (dry) Van Gogh Pencils
 
 
Number
Name
Lightfast

Number
Name
Lightfast
105
Titanium White
3

522
Turquoise Blue
3
222
Naples Yellow Light
3

658
Green Light
3
254
Perm. Lemon Yellow
2

661
Turquoise Green
2
283
Perm. Yellow Light
3

615
Emerald Green
2
284
Perm. Yellow Medium
2

659
Green Deep
3
285
Perm. Yellow Deep
2

616
Viridian
2
235
Orange
2

673
Phthalo Green Light
2
311
Vermilion
2

614
Perm. Green Medium
2
370
Perm. Red Light
2

674
Phthalo Green Deep
2
374
Flesh Tint
3

619
Perm. Green Deep
2
377
Perm. Red Medium
3

618
Perm. Green Light
3
334
Scarlet
3

633
Perm. Yellowish Green
3
371
Perm. Red Deep
2

228
Yellow Ochre Light
2
348
Perm. Red Purple
2

227
Yellow Ochre Light
3
331
Madder Lake Deep
2

231
Gold Ochre
2
567
Perm. Red Violet
2

234
Raw Sienna
2
577
Perm. Red Violet Light
2

411
Burnt Sienna
3
323
Burnt Carmine
3

339
Light Oxide Red
3
537
Perm. Violet Medium
2

347
Indian Red
3
556
Lilac
3

343
Caput Mortuum Red
3
568
Perm. Blue Violet
2

410
Greenish Umber
2
507
Ultramarine Violet
2

620
Olive Green
2
504
Ultramarine Violet
2

403
Vandyke Brown
3
527
Sky Blue
3

728
Warm Grey Light
2
551
Sky Blue Light
3

729
Warm Grey Deep
3
517
King's Blue
2

738
Cold Grey Light
3
583
Phthalo Blue Red
2

739
Cold Grey Deep
3
576
Phthalo Blue Green
3

727
Bluish Grey
2
640
Blue Green
2

708
Payne's Grey
3
526
Azure Blue
2

701
Ivory Black
3
 
Van Gogh Water-Soluble Pencils