Mess-free and zero clean-up painting for all ages
As a child growing up in Singapore, our color pencils of choice were Caran d’ache. I don’t see this Swiss-brand getting much use around here TBH so haven’t thought much about it. My mom reminded me recently of their existence and how they can be transformed to water color. I typically am lazy and don’t like setting up paint supplies but was recently introduced to the Pentel Aquash brush. It has a reservoir that stores water. With a gentle, squeeze, the brush gets wet. If you need to clean the brush to switch colors, you just dab on some paper towels and squeeze more water out. It’s freaking brilliant. I always keep it filled so Emmy can help herself whenever she wants.
For ages 4-adults
Swiss-made Caran d'Ache Fancolor Color Pencils ($15-ish) or UK brand Derwent Watercolor pencils (12 count for $14). Note that I would not buy any other cheaper brands like Crayola or Pentel because those break very easily during sharpening and use. You’ll end up only using half the pencil. IKEA has a small $4 watercolor pencil set that I would be okay using for travel.
Optional: Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener (Great $2.99 cart filler!)
For ages 3-7
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