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Create Art With Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels


Paint Cotton Fabrics, Silks, Paper and More--For Fine Artists, Fiber Artists, Mixed Media Artists

I first learned about this product during an art exploration phase with colored pencil drawings/paintings. Since then, I discovered that Neocolor II can also be used to paint and color cotton and silk fabrics and paper. Here is an example of using Neocolor II with silk. The high contrast made by the black resist against the beautiful Neocolor pigments makes this a brilliant silk painting.

It's easy to use . . . and here's an amazing fact--this product has been certified as non-toxic!

Hope this Page inspires you. Make Magic with Neocolor II~~Fannie Narte

(Silk painting design is from the "Floral Stained Glass Pattern Book," by Ed Sibbett, Jr.)



Floral Stained Glass Pattern Book, by Ed Sibbett, Jr.

This is the book I used to create my stained glass silk painting.

Clicking on the book's image will direct you to Amazon.com where you can read more about this book, including reviews and find other books by the same author.

Neocolor II

Neocolor II

Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels by Caran D'Ache of Switzerland

They look like crayons, but they're not

The excellent lightfastness, high-quality pigments, and adaptability to numerous techniques make Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels a creative medium for all artists, including colored pencils artists, fiber artists, illustrators, and graphic artists. They can be purchased in sets or singles. If your local hobby store doesn't have them in stock, you can purchase them online. For your convenience, you'll find pictures of the different sets of Neocolor II throughout this lens, including links for easy online shopping.


Fannie Narte

1. Copyright belongs to the authors of images and/or text in all of the links posted herein.

2. Caran D'Ache of Switzerland. Link: http://www.carandache.ch/products/fineart/detail.lbl?g=Classic&p=Neocolor%20II.

Abstract #5

Abstract #5

Songs of My Heart -- Abstract #5

Art Quilt/Textile Painting

This quilt was made from two pieces of fabric painted with Neocolor II.


Several Sets to Choose

I've received several e-mails from artists within the United States, and especially from Canada and Europe asking me where I purchase my Neocolor II wax pastels. If your local art supply store doesn't carry these artists' crayons, you can find it at several online stores. I've also added easy links to eBay and Amazon for your convenience. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Create Art Using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels - Work-in-Progress

This Page is a work in progress. New information, images and links are added on a regular basis.

This Page was originally created to document my discoveries and techniques using this medium. I discovered Neocolors in 2007 and have been experimenting with it since then. It's probably one of my favorite supplies to use in my artwork. I especially like to use Neocolors to add color to fabrics because they're non-toxic in comparison to dyes. I created a tutorial to show you how I use Neocolors. The link is provided below. See "Leaf" art quilt tutorial.

I would also like to add more links to this lens. If you use Neocolors in your artwork and would like to contribute links or share your discoveries in this medium, including likes and dislikes, successes and failures, please contact me.





BEFORE--"Leaf" Art Quilt

This a photograph of the first step in making this "Leaf" art quilt.

After tracing a 7" x 7" square onto a piece of 8" x 8" white muslin using a water soluble marker, I applied the pastels onto the muslin. The pastels were applied freely.

It looks raw, doesn't it? At this stage, this painting doesn't look like it will transform into anything pretty.


AFTER--"Leaf" Art Quilt

This is a photograph of the completed "Leaf" art quilt.

What do you think? The magic of blending the pastels with water changes the image dramatically.

See the amazing evolution of this "Leaf" art quilt in my step-by-step tutorial.

    "Leaf" Art Quilt Tutorial. This tutorial documents my steps in creating this "Leaf" art quilt using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels.
Abstract #4 Textile Painting

Abstract #4 Textile Painting

Abstract Series--Abstract #4

What can you do with your painted fabrics?

Start your own series. I painted white muslin using Neocolors, stenciled my original leaf design using textile paints and created this textile painting, which was machine quilted.

Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels

Abstract #3 Textile Painting

Abstract #3 Textile Painting

Abstract #3 Textile Painting--Front

Abstract Series

Here's another textile painting made from my hand painted fabrics using Neocolor II.

Abstract #3 Back View

Abstract #3 Back View

Abstract #3 Textile Painting--Back

Abstract Series

The back view of Abstract #3.

Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels - Product Information

A link to general product information.

Neocolor II Crayons on muslin

Neocolor II Crayons on muslin


An Experiment With Neocolors on Fabric

Each of these three pieces of muslin were hand painted with two different Neocolors and twisted around a glass bead and scrunched before drying overnight. For more details about my techniques used for creating these shibori-like fabrics, click on the photo. It will send you to my blog post detailing my process.

Neocolors on Silk Habotai Fabric

Neocolors on Silk Habotai Fabric


I added text using white water-based resist. After it was completely dry, I added the Neocolors, blended it with water using a fan brush and let it air dry completely. Then I heat set it with an iron. Although I haven't done intense testing, after the pigments were heat set with an iron, they seem to be permanent. I have pieces that are seven years old and have held their color nicely.

If you rinse the painted fabric which has been heat set with an iron in water, you will lose some color. Since my works are made to hang on the wall as art pieces, I'm not concerned with the loss of color due to laundering. This technique is perfect for art quilts.

If you click on the photograph of the painted silk fabric to the right, it will take you to my blog post explaining my process and thoughts, and includes more photographs.



Mixed Media Fiber Art

"Rainbow's Song," 12" x 12"

This is a hand painted quilt using Neocolors and a bit of white acrylic paint onto cotton and silk fabrics. The flowers are fused and machine stitched appliques cut from my hand painted cottons and silks.



Pineapple Block

This is a two-inch square pineapple block. The black and gold fabric is a commercial piece. The other fabrics are white cotton which were painted with Neocolors in different gradations. Painting your own fabrics for an art quilt, especially when working small, is a fun option.



Your colored dried fabric can be used in digital applications. Scan your painted fabric and upload it into your computer's photo software and play with it. This is a digital Kaleidoscope image produced from my Morning Painting. See the original painted fabric below titled "Morning Painting."



8" x 10" cotton fabric

My day in the studio starts with a morning painting--an original term. A morning painting is a quick, unplanned 15-20 minute painting on muslin. It's not meant to be pretty, although it often results in magical surprises. Morning paintings are a way to just show up, do something quick and easy and call the project finished in a short amount of time. Instant gratification!

In this piece, I randomly picked colors and added it to my fabric using my fan brush and water.



8" x 10" cotton fabric

Here's another morning painting. I added colors working horizontally across the fabric working from bottom to top and pushed some of the colors vertically overlapping other colors. I worried a little about making mud, but I soon remembered that worry is not a part of the morning painting process, so I pushed forward anyway. And yes, I did make some mud, but I call it "shadows." ;-D


Love You Forever--Morning Painting


This is a morning painting using Neocolors, which will become an art quilt.


Love You Forever


After quilting and painted black lines.



Fabric Painting

Painted Muslin

Using the same technique as found in my tutorial, use Neocolor II to paint your own fabrics. This photo shows Neocolors on bleached muslin.



Fabric Painting

Art Quilt--"The Artist's Rose," 18" x 18"

This is an art quilt I made using my hand painted muslin fabrics.


Fiber Art

Three Blossoms Art Quilt

This is a 6" x 6" fiber art quilt which was painted with Neocolors and thread sketched with black embroidery thread. The background was stipple quilted using ivory embroidery thread.

The background of this quilt and the girl's face was painted with Neocolor II. Her eyes and lips were painted with acrylics. The bird and teardrop applique pieces are silk painted with Neocolor II.

This quilt will be donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative to help raise dollars to fund Alzheimer's research.

Art Quilt--I Weep

I Weep--Art Quilt

I Weep--Art Quilt


Fiber Art

Art Quilt

Sunflower Art Quilt, (7" x 7")


Colored Pencils

Neocolors with colored pencil work

(Chocolate Covered Donut, Pastelbord, Colored Pencils, Neocolor II, 6" x 6")

This is an example of the details one can achieve with the combination of Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels and colored pencils.

Buy a Set of 30

Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons

Click on the image to buy Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons at Blick Art Materials



Three Blossoms Bag

The surfaces of this bag was painted using Neocolors.

BOOKS AND MAGAZINES - My projects using watersoluble wax pastels

Publications where you can find instructions to create my fiber art using watersoluble wax pastels.



Pretty Little Mini Quilts--Whimsical Rose

A Book including a project of one of my Neocolor Art Quilts

You can find a step-by-step project for my art quilt, "Whimsical Rose," on pages 83-85 in "Pretty Little Mini Quilts," published by Lark Books and released in Spring 2010. It is a simple art quilt with lots of room for play. I designed it so you can personalize this quilt by adding buttons, text, embroidery and other embellishments.



Whimsical Rose--Art Quilt

Project in "Pretty Little Mini Quilts"

This is a peek at my project that's included in "Pretty Little Mini Quilts" on pages 83-85.

Create Realistic Looking Landscape and Art Quilts with Neocolor Wax Pastels - Video by Nancy Zieman and Donna Fenske


Fiber Art--ATCs

Pansy ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Pansy, (2.5" x 3.5")

What is an ATC?

ATCs, (Artist Trading Cards), are miniature works of art done in any media, and is 2.5" x 3.5" in size. ATCs are usually traded rather than sold. Artists may trade ATC's in face-to-face trading sessions, but it is more commonly organized and exchanged through the Internet and subsequently mailed to the artists.

Links providing more information about ATCs

  • The History of ATCs
    Art Cards or miniatures were the rage in the 16th Century.
  • ATCs For All
    An Artist Trading Card (ATC) community forum which focuses on friendly ATC trading and swapping in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Mixed Media Art


"Solitude," Mixed Media Painting on Canvas, 8" x 8"

Many mixed media artists use Neocolors to shade their portraits or add depth to their paintings. I've used them successfully in this mixed media painting titled "Solitude."



Possibilities--Three Blossoms

A 6" x 6" fiber art quilt from my Three Blossoms art quilt series is secured to a board. The quilt was painted using Neocolors.


Fiber Art

Painted Yarn

"When I Grow Up," Bamboo Yarn Postcard, 4" x 6"

Neocolors can also be used to stain yarn fibers. The background of this postcard was made using Neocolors to paint yarn fibers, which were then sandwiched between thin layers of angelina fibers, and heat set before being stitched to the cotton surface.

Neocolor II Fiber Art Links

If you want to see all of my fiber art using Neocolor II, use the following link.

Neocolor II Fiber Art Links - My Fiber Art Blog Posts

These links will direct you to specific blog posts, which demonstrate the use of Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels as watercolor paints on fabric.

    This tutorial documents my steps in creating an art quilt titled "Leaf" using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels.
  • Neocolor II Fiber Art Blog Posts
    This is a link to my blog which shows images and descriptions of all of my fiber art which was created using Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels.
  • Double Hearts, Fabric Postcard
    This is my first experiment using Neocolor II on fabric. This post explains my process and technique.
  • Sunflower--Art Quilt
    This post illustrates an 8" x 10" Sunflower art quilt using Neocolor II and explains my technique.
  • Buttons--Inchies
    An example of another type of fiber art--Inchies--using Neocolor II.
  • Pink Crochet Flowers--Inchies
    An example of Inchies using Neocolor II and table salt.
  • Hand Painted Fabrics
    A post showing several painted fabric samples, the brush I use to blend the colors with water, and an explanation of using salt over the wet paint.
  • Pumpkin Art Quilt
    This post illustrates an 8" x 10" Pumpkin Art Quilt and explains my technique.
  • Water Lily--Pretending Monet
    This is a watercolor painting of a water lily on muslin using Neocolor II watersoluble wax pastels from Caran d'Ache. Free motion quilting using black thread makes the art quilt look as though it is an ink and watercolor piece.

Fiber Art--Inchies

What is an Inchie?

An Inchie is a miniature art piece which is one-inch square and can be made from any media including paper, metal, and fabric. A Plus-Size Inchie (PSI) is a larger size Inchie which is 1.5 inch square.

Inchies have many uses. They can be used as embellishments on larger projects, to create mosaic artworks, and to create jewelry.

This Inchie is one-inch square and is embellished with "twelve" buttons.

Inchies blog post - My Blog's "Inchies" Posts

Mixed Media Art


Colored Pencil Art

Two Pears is my first artwork using Neocolors, which is based on a demo by Ranjini

(Two Pears, Colored Pencils, Neocolor II, 6" x 6")

Knowing what Neocolors to use for the underpainting seems like the most challenging part of this technique. I learned the proper pressure needed for burnishing with the bristle brush by working on this piece. The speed factor is great.

Thanks to Ranjini for introducing me to Neocolors!

Colored Pencil Books

Colored Pencil Art - by Ranjini

Ranjini is an accomplished colored pencil artist who uses Neocolors in all of her artwork. She is the reason I purchased my first set of Neocolors. Her work is excellent. Enjoy the following links to her fine art.

OTHER NEOCOLOR II ARTISTS - Neocolor II can be used in a variety of art forms

Samples of artwork using Neocolor II in colored pencils, fiber art, mixed media and paper.

What kind of information would you like to see here? Do you have any questions about this medium? If I don't have the answer, I will search for one. Your questions will guide my research for this Page and make it more valuable to all who visit. Thanks for stopping by.

Thanks for visiting.


Reader Feedback

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on August 20, 2012:

@fathomblueEG: Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again.

fathomblueEG on August 19, 2012:

What a beautiful artful lens. This is amazing:-)

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on July 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks for visiting and I'm glad you were inspired! Happy 4th!

anonymous on July 04, 2012:

Lovely ideas, given me food for thought, thanks

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on March 08, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi, Koupie! Thanks for your blessings. I hope you enjoy playing with your Neocolor II in a new way. Let me know how your projects turn out. Enjoy!

anonymous on March 08, 2012:

Hi Fannie, how have I not seen your lenses? This is soooo me, and you have me totally inspired. I have the large tin of these pastels, and have not used them nearly enough. I love the effect you get on the silk, added your tutorial to my Pinterest. *Blessed

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on March 01, 2012:

@mihgasper: Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment, mihgasper! Have fun creating! ~Fannie

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on March 01, 2012:

@lesliesinclair: Thanks for visiting, Papier. Make magic with Neocolors! ~Fannie

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on February 29, 2012:

Very creative lens. Thanks for amazing ideas.

lesliesinclair on October 21, 2011:

hi, i've used cran c'ache for years, but never thought of using them on fabric. thanks for the great idea.

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on August 30, 2011:

Hi, Kit and Caboodle. Thanks for stopping by. Heat setting makes the painting water resistant. If you rinse the silk after heat setting, you will lose some color, but not much. You can add color onto the silk after heat setting. If you do that, make sure to heat set it again. These techniques are great for art quilts, journaling or anything that will not need to be washed. Hope this helps. Have fun with your Neocolors!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on August 30, 2011:

This is fabulous. I love the silk painting with the wax pastels. Does heat setting make the painting permanent? Can you was the fabric afterwards?

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on August 19, 2011:

@Judy Filarecki: Hi, Judy. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your wonderful comments. Have fun playing with your grandchildren and experimenting. Make magic! ~Fannie â¥â«â¥

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on August 19, 2011:

Thanks for a great lens and wonderful artwork. I love the way you have utilized the pastels for quilting. Ihave a small set and have only played with them with my grandchildren, but you have inspired me to do a more experimenting with them for my own use.

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on February 12, 2011:

@delia-delia: Hi, d-artist! Thanks for stopping by. Have fun and come back to share your experiences so we can all learn. â¥â«â¥

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on February 12, 2011:

@Kstewart22: Thanks, Karen. Have fun with Neocolors and return to share your discoveries. â¥â«â¥

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on February 12, 2011:

@anonymous: Hi, Kris, although most of my work is abstract or portraits, you could probably apply Neocolors in your landscapes as you would apply watercolors. If I create a landscape piece using Neocolors, I'll post it here. In the meantime, have a go and play and make magic. Then return and tell me about your discoveries. Would love to hear from you.

Delia on February 12, 2011:

What gorgeous artwork and ideas! very informative lens and nicely done... I must give this a try with my wax pastels...lens Blessed by d-artist Squid Angel

Kstewart22 on January 22, 2011:

Your art is beautiful. I really like the "stained glass" flower

anonymous on December 20, 2010:

I would like to know techniques for using Neocolor II for landscapes.

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on June 21, 2010:

@anonymous: Hi, Ellen. Thanks for your question. I would not recommend using water soluble crayons on fabrics that will require washing. My painted fabrics are used for art quilts, which do not require laundering, and work well. I have an art quilt that was created three years ago, and the colors are still vibrant and stable.

Once the fabric is heat set with an iron, the colors are quite stable. If you rinse the painted fabric after it has been completely dried overnight, you will notice a slight color loss. If the color loss is more than you desire, you can always add more color onto the fabric and let it dry overnight again and heat set it.

Adding salt: I brush off the few pieces of salt from the dried painted fabric and heat set it with an iron. I usually do not have salt remaining on my fabric because I add the salt when my fabric is very wet.

I hope this answers your questions. Let me know if you have more questions. Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy creating!


anonymous on June 21, 2010:

May I know if the fabrics painted with water-soluable crayons are washable? Will the colours run ? If you add salt to create white specks on the colours, do you need to wash the fabric after that to remove the salt?

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on April 17, 2010:

@myraggededge: Thanks for stopping by. Yes, wax pastels work well on fabrics. If you experiment with them on fabrics, please feel free to share your discoveries and results. Enjoy.

myraggededge on April 16, 2010:

I love using these but didn't know they could be used on fabric too. Angel blessed :-)

anonymous on December 08, 2009:

Nice information, keep it coming some good things learned here, thanks twin over full bunk bed


Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on April 16, 2009:

Hello, Catherine. Yes, I do remember you. My art has taken a different turn since we last spoke, and I'm having fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Do you use Neocolors in your paintings?

Welcome to Squidoo.

catherine de ryck on April 15, 2009:

Hello Fannie,

Do you remember me ? We used to discuss about Fine Arts together, a few months ago ?

This is a great lens, very interesting. I have never tried fiber art but really appreciated your tutorial as well as other informations.

I am a on Squidoo too and hope that we will better stay in contact now.

beeobrien lm on April 23, 2008:

I love fiber arts. You have beautiful things here.

anonymous on April 16, 2008:

Yes, I've painted many, many pictures using only the Neocolor II's. I'm not a realist though. My art is mostly whimsical. Check out my website and my blog and etsy shop to see my work. I teach classes on using them if you live in the Atlanta area. If you have any questions please email me.




email: hmiracle@alum.mit.edu

anonymous on March 16, 2008:

WONDERFUL tutorial, thank you so much for all the work you put into it, I would have never known how to use these fab water pastels on fabric were it not for you!

Fannie Narte (author) from Hawaii on March 02, 2008:

Hi, Susan. This lens is all about my experiments and discoveries with Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels. Your question prompted my research into "Neopastels." Caran d'Ache manufactures Neopastels, oil-based crayons, which is different from Neocolor II.

My suggestion would be to google "Neopastels blogs." I found a "few" bloggers who share their techniques and art using Neopastels.

Looks like there is a need for more information regarding this medium and a lens, too. Maybe someone out there will post information regarding Neopastels in this comment module, which may help you.

If you find information, please let me know. Thanks.

anonymous on March 01, 2008:

Has anyone painted a picture using neocolor ll oil pastels only,please?