Since the early nineteenth to 20th century the limited range of 15 -20 coloured pencils were available. The coloured pencils were not highly pigmented and did not contain as much wax as today's products, nor were they marketed for artists. By 1924, coloured pencils in over 60 colours were being sold for artistic use by A.W. Faber; that same year Caran d'Ache, a leading manufacturer of artists' coloured pencils, was founded in Switzerland, with Schwan Stabilo in Germany following a year later. Introduced in 1938, America, Berol Prismacolors, marketed to artists their velvety texture and wide range of laboratory tested colours. Today's artists have at their disposal an enormous range of coloured pencils to choose from, in water and organic solvent soluble. Fillers contain (kaolin, talc, chalk), colourant (pigment or dye), binding material (cellulose ethers, vegetable gums), wax (paraffin, beeswax, carnauba wax).
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