$50 Off Rembrandt Sets of 90 Landscape and Portrait

Rembrandt pastels are towards the harder end of the scale in terms of softness. This allows many techniques and effects to be implemented which are a lot harder with the very soft pastels. They have very good lightfastness and are free of pigments based on lead, cadmium and cobalt.

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All Schmincke Wooden Box Sets on Sale

Schmincke Soft Pastels are beautiful to use. They are extremely soft and provide immediate colour release as soon as the pastel touches the paper. Only a light hand is needed when using these pastels if you like to blend and layer your colours whislt deep opaque colour can be achieved using a heavier hand.

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Bruynzeel Pastel Pencil Set of 48 Reduced to $199.50

Bruynzeel pastel pencils are rich and buttery, yet firm. They have strong colour release and resist crumbling which is great for finer lines and sharpening. The pencils are 3.7mm wide with the colour strip being perfecly centred within a cedar casing. The well balanced colour range and excellent lightfastness make them a great choice for artists.

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15% Off Mi-Teintes Pads

Mi-Teintes is a 160gsm traditional pastel paper. One side is relatively smooth whilst the other side has a honeycomb type grain which holds pastel well. As the paper is coloured in the pulp the shades are highly light resistant. Mi-Teintes is also a paper which will stand up to a lot of working.

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15% Off Pastelmat Boards

Pastelmat has a very pleasant touch and as the surface is not pronounced it allows for precise details and delicate veils whilst also having the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of colour. The ability to hold pastel to the paper significantly decreases the need for the use of fixative. Pastelmat boards are based on 1800 micron acid free archival mountboard. They are available as a full board (50x70cm) and as an extra large board (70x100cm).

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15% Off Holbein Blending Brushes

There are three types of blending brushes. An oval shape which is good for gentle blending. A circular straight cut brush which can be used for very direct blending. An angled stiff brush which is very useful for cutting back through pastel layers and to provide definition.

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10% Off Schmincke Pastel Primer

The Schmincke Pastel Primer can be used to prepare nearly any clean surface for the application of pastels. It provides a rough surface which will hold pastel well. The primer is popular to use on timber (it is best to seal the timber first).

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10% Off Holbein Singles

Holbein soft pastels excel in the richness of coverage when applied and the blending ability achievable. Each stick is made in a square shape for working versatility, whether with the flat sides or the sharp edges. The softness, pigment purity, size and shape as well as the method of packaging have been widely acclaimed by working pastelists.

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New: Art Spectrum Square Extra Soft Pastels

Art Spectrum Extra Soft Pastels are the softest pastels made by Art Spectrum. The pastels are square in shape which allows for either broad strokes using the flat side of the pastel or detailed strokes using the edges. Layout and painting can be achieved using the end of the pastels in the same way as you would use a round pastel. The pastels are quite open in their consistency and not dense at all which allows you to lightly lay down colour very quickly. The pastels can be best characterised as having a light creamy texture.

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Stabilo Carbothello Single Pencils Now Available

Stabilo Carbothello Pastel Pencils have a lovely dry stroke which can be easily blended. The pencils have a highly pigmented 4.4mm core which provides high levels of lightfastness and great luminosity and opaqueness.

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Pastels - Pure and Vibrant

Pastel painting takes you back to the origins of colour. Lying somewhere between sketching and painting, pastels encompas the best of both. Pure enjoyment resulting in beautiful art works.

 

A Guide to Softness

Soft Pastels vary in their degree of softness and we are often asked about this. The list below is arranged from softest to hardest and is based on our experience.


Ultra Soft Pastels


Pan Pastels
United States, 92 Colours


Very Soft Pastels


Schmincke
Germany, 400 Colours

Blue Earth
United States, 336 Colours

Sennelier
France, 525 Colours


Creamy Soft Pastels


Unison
England, 402 Colours

Girault
France, 525 Colours


Medium Soft Pastels


Rembrandt
Holland, 218 Colours

Art Spectrum
Australia, 154 Colours

Holbein
Japan, 144 Colours


Hard Pastels


NuPastel
United States, 96 Colours

Generals
United States, Selected Colours

Conte
France/China, 48 Colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastels
AS Soft AS Extra Soft Blue Earth
Conte Generals Girault
Holbein Nupastel Pan Pastels
Rembrandt Schmincke Sennelier
Unison    
 
Oil Pastels
Cray Pas Sennelier  
 
Paper
Ampersand Colourfix Fisher 400
Hahnemuhle Mi-Teintes Mi-Teintes Tex
Pastelmat Sennelier UART Premium
 
Pastel Pencils
Bruynzeel Carbothello Conte
Derwent    
 
Other
Blenders Charcoal Primers
Sofft Tools Storage  
 
 
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