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Neocolor I Oil Pastel


Neocolor I water-resistant wax oil pastels are must-have medium much loved by artists, technical designers, teachers and Fine Art students alike. Internationally known by its own name and a pioneer in the field, Neocolor I revolutionised the world of drawing and art teaching from the time of its creation in 1952 in the Caran d’Ache workshops. Its excellent coverage, the smoothness of texture, the luminosity of the 60 colours in the entire range, together with its resistance to water and extreme lightfastness, make it one of the pillars of the Geneva-based Manufacture.

Pastel Demonstration by Mary Herbert


The Neocolor I’s properties enable countless applications on all kinds of backgrounds or materials. Suited to endless forms of artistic expression – from strokes to flat-wash, sgraffito or hot-wax painting, its colours remain as luminous as ever on coloured or dark materials.


  • Type: Superior quality permanent wax oil pastel
  • Details: Water-resistant, creamy, economical to use thanks to superior covering power, excellent light resistance.
  • CE EN71 and ASTM D4236 compliant
  • Homogeneous colours allowing uniform tinted areas High pigment concentration Possibility of overlay of tints
  • Superior-quality artists’ pastels for the most exacting requirements: artists, illustrators, graphic art, art tuition.
  • Recommended for creative activities.
  • 60 colours.
  • Water-resistant artists’ pastels, soft and easy to work, very economical thanks to their exceptional covering power, excellent lightfastness.
  • Product conforms to ASTM D4236 (AP for USA only).


  • Usable on various materials: paper, cardboard, glass, wood, leather, fabric, and stone
  • Soluble in turpentine.
  • Encaustic on hot metal.
  • Can be combined with Neocolor II Watersoluble.


Place a sheet of heavy paper on a heated surface. Draw with Neocolor I, allowing the pastel to melt. Work in any remaining bits with a spatula.


Neocolor I, particularly the metallic colours, give good, luminous coverage even on dark paper

Scraping: Apply a thick layer of clear Neocolor I onto smooth paper. Cover it with a thin layer of acrylic. Let it dry then scrape back the surface to create the design required.


Neocolor I wax oil pastels are entirely developed and manufactured in the Caran d’Ache workshops, according to the highest quality standards and in compliance with environmental norms and certifications.