Diane Townsend Pastels Now Available

Beautiful handmade pastels from New York. These highly sought after pastels are available in both the Soft Form and the unique Terrages. Sets are currently available and singles will follow.

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15% Off NuPastels

Special includes both sets and singles. Nupastels are a hard pastel with a rich and creamy texture that allows for superior blending and shading. Nupastels can be used for broad strokes as well as tightly rendered work with fine lines. Because they can be used wet or dry they also open up new techniques to experiment with.

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20% Off All Rembrandt Wooden Box Sets

The Rembrandt wooden boxes are of excellent quality and will last a very long time. 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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10% Off Colourfix Foam Core Boards

The new Colourfix Foam Core boards are extremely light but highly durable and strong. Perfect for Plein Air painting they are initally being offered in a range of six colours and the one size of 16 x 20 Inches (40.64 x 50.80 cm). The boards are also very good value when compared to alternative products.

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25% Off Schmincke Set of 11 including an Extra Large White

Schmincke pastels are the softest pastel available. They contain the pure fine ground pigments in the highest possible concentration. Contrastingly, the binder is kept to a minimum. A joy to use, taking you back to the origins of colour. Highly recommended.

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15% Off Sennelier Sets of 80 Half Sticks

The special includes both the Assorted and Plein Air sets. The Sennelier pastels were first introduced at the turn of the 20th Century. Whilst the colours and tones have evolved the making of the pastels themselves has remained relatively unchanged.

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The Pan Pastel Sale

- 15% Off Joanne Barby Seascape Set (pictured above)
- 10% Off Mixed Media Kits
- 15% Off Single Pan Pastels
- Compact sets of 20 only $145, Save $41.75
- Set of 80 Pan Pastels and Accessories Now Only $595 including free postage.

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10% Off Art Spectrum Soft Pastel Singles

Art Spectrums round soft pastels have many Australian colours which are not duplicated in other ranges as well as the high use colours we all need. All Art Spectrum pure pigment pastels are free from heavy metals, asbestos or other toxic substances.

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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

Germany, 400 Colours

Blue Earth
United States, 336 Colours

Art Spectrum Extra Soft
Australia, 180 Colours

France, 525 Colours

Creamy Soft Pastels

Terry Ludwig
United States, Selected Sets

England, 402 Colours

Townsend Soft Form
United States, 408 Colours

Townsend Terrages
United States, 190 Colours

France, 300 Colours

Medium Soft Pastels

Holland, 218 Colours

Art Spectrum
Australia, 154 Colours

Japan, 144 Colours

Hard Pastels

United States, 96 Colours

United States, Selected Colours

France/China, 48 Colours














AS Soft AS Extra Soft Blue Earth
Conte Generals Girault
Holbein Nupastel Pan Pastels
Rembrandt Schmincke Sennelier
Terry Ludwig Townsend Unison
Oil Pastels
Cray Pas Sennelier  
Ampersand Colourfix Hahnemuhle
Mi-Teintes Mi-Teintes Touch Pastelmat
Sennelier UART Premium  
Pastel Pencils
Bruynzeel Carbothello Conte
Blenders Charcoal Primers
Sofft Tools Storage  

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