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Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Pencils New Colors

Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 new pencil colors.

Yippy! New Luminance pencil colors!!! I've been out of the pencil coloring loop so long I didn't even know Caran d'Ache had brought out 24 new colors. Twenty of which are presented as a portrait assortment in their own box and four others as stand alone. I spent the weekend making a updated color chart and am very pleased with the new shades, especially the fleshy tones and a much missed Dark Indigo.

If you're not familiar with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils I'll tell you a little bit about them. They're some of the best on the market, and even if they're not cheap, as I've learned the hard way they're always cheaper than an alcohol marker! What sets them apart are their pigments, which have been chosen for their purity, color intensity and UV resistance. Luminance pencils have the highest lightfastness of about any colored pencil on the market. That's not such an important quality for me, as I'm not overly worried about archival quality digistamp coloring, it's their texture and blendability I like, plus the fact that I can easily find them close to me (something I cannot do with alcohol markers). 

Another plus is the wood used in Luminance pencils (no plastic here!). It is cut from California Cedar trees and carries the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council). This label guarantees logging is friendly to the environment and meets the highest social and economic standards. Caran d'Ache is a rarity in the world of colored pencil manufacturing that it has obtained this label for its pencils. This label applies not only for the wood used, but also for its conversion in the company's workshops here in Geneva. And that's another thing...locally made! Gotta love that, too!!!

I'm very pleased to be using my colored pencils again and can't wait to try out these new colors.

Oh, and if you're in the Geneva area and would like to buy a set of Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers, let me know, I have a complete set I'll sell you.😊


  1. I've not tried colouring with pencils (other than when I was a child in school!). Thanks for sharing all the information. I'm especially pleased to read that the pencils meet forestry stewardship standards!

  2. are making me want more and a different brand of pencils and I already have a huge set of Inktense pencils that sit unloved and unused in a drawer. I love these informative posts of yours, I always learn something new!


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