This is a whole entire post about my very favorite color in the whole world: using it, finding it, collecting it, and enjoying it.
There are lots of people who love love love this color (along with Deco Blue) and we were all sooo bummed when it was discontinued in 2007.
As soon as I heard the news I immediately went on the lookout for replacements! Here is where I first found them:
In my college’s bookstore, summer of 2007
If you are having trouble with broken leads use a knife to sharpen- it will help enormously! This is something my dad taught me to do. He adored writing utensils, especially fountain pens and since he passed away in 2002 I have his collection of them. In the 6th grade I had my own Swiss Army pocketknife and was taught to sharpen pencils with it. I even took it to school and sharpened them there! No one batted an eye in my Midwestern state in the late 80s!
In an online scrapbook shop, 2011
And more recently:
E-Bay auctions, Individual pencils 2021 (Save your search so E-Bay can e-mail you as soon as someone lists one!)
E-Bay auctions for vintage sets of 96 or 120, (these sets contain all the decos!) 2020
That’s a lot of pencils! You say. Yes, I say, but I use this color more than any other and nothing makes me happier in my art supplies! I have several ”dead” pencil ends too short for even an extender anymore to attest to how much I use this color!
In my inventory I think I have 6 full-size and 2 half-sized pencils. My precious… (Rubs hands together like Golem.)
I used to really be anxious about using them- but now I know I can find them in old vintage sets, I don’t worry so much anymore! Viva Le colour!
Also….bonus! I bought a lot of greens and found that Prismacolor Scholar pencils have one that is an incredibly close match! Number 320! Scholars are almost as good as Premieres/Regular Prismas. The Scholars are a little bit scratchy, but that’s all I can tell. (I had a much-loved set of scholars growing up.)
I use deco aqua to do a lot of shadows and highlights, but my favorite time is when I’m just laying down the pure color on paper. That is so satisfying.
Since cool mint is my very favorite color in the whole world I see it every where! And buy and love things this color too!
With lots of deco aqua love to you from Kansas Street,