Pastel Premier Paper Now Available

Pastel Premier is a 100% Cotton, Acid Free, Archival Quality Paper made in the USA. It has the most beautiful working surface that grips and holds many layers of pastel. The unique surface is created by double priming the 100% cotton base paper and then coating it with aluminium oxide abrasive. A final seal layer is then applied making the surface incredibly durable and able to withstand reworking and scrubbing with ease.

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15% Off Blue Earth Pastels

The pastels are very soft and have a rectangle shape allowing work to be completed with an edge or as you would with a round pastel. The pastels are shorter than the traditional round pastels but are chunkier and have excellent covering power.

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Paint Big with Colourfix XL

Twice the Size of Regular Colourfix

Colourfix XL has arrived. Colourfix XL is twice the size of the regular sheets being 100x70cm. Available in the Original surface in five colours which are White, Australian Grey, Terracotta, Storm Blue and Black. Exclusive to softpastels.com.au.

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Sennelier Paris Set $30 Off

The Paris set has 120 Half Sticks. 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. The sennelier pastels are highly recommended and are part of the history of colour itself.

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$40 Off Schmincke Set of 50

Limited edition set from Schmincke containing 50 assorted colours. Schmincke pastels are one of the softest pastels on the market, a joy to use which takes you back to the origins of colour.

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Unison Singles 10% Off

Unison pastels have a fantastic texture which results from them being hand rolled rather than extruded. The pastels are based on traditional pigments such as cadmiums, cobalts and natural and synthetic earths as these pigments have stood the test of time.

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15% Off Metallic and Pearlescent Painting Kits

Pan pastels are very blendable which allows you to mix colours to extend your palette. They are also very painterly as you can create very delicate marks and veils whilst also having the ability to block in large areas very quickly. The Pan Pastels mix very well with regular pastels and using them together gives you the advantages of both.

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$30 Off Rembrandt Set of 90 Half Sticks

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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Schmincke Super Special
Set of 11 now only $34.95

Save over 50% on this set of 11 Pastels. Schmincke pastels contain the purest medium fine ground artistís pigments in the highest possible concentration. Contrastingly, the binder is kept to a minimum. This provides for one of the softest pastels on the market, a joy to use which takes you back to the origins of colour.

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15% Off NuPastels

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.

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10% Off Colourfix Sheets

Special includes both Colourfix Original and Colourfix Smooth Surfaces. Colourfix Original has a medium tooth which will hold multiple layers of pastel without the need for fixative. Colourfix Smooth has a fine tooth which is excellent for completing more detailed work.

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The Big Pan Pastel Sale

- 15% Off Pearlescent and Metallic Kits of 6
- $30 Off Joanne Barby Sets
- Sets of 10 Pan Pastels 10% Off
- Single Pan Pastels from $9.45
- Compact sets of 20 only $144.95, Save $41.70
- Set of 80 Pan Pastels and Accessories Now Only $592.50 including free postage (pictured above).

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New Pastel Sets from Schmincke

Three new limited edition sets have been released. They are:
- Set of 9, Flowers
- Set of 9, Sea and Sky
- Set of 50, Assorted Colours.

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New Pastel Sets from Unison

Unison have release two new Emma Colbert Animal painting sets. One is 16 Half Sticks and the other is 30 Half Sticks. Great colour selction in the economical half stick format.

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The Australian Pastel Expo 2020

The Australian Pastel Expo will be running again in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast during 9-13 September 2020. Headline tutors include Gwenneth Barth, Lyn Diefenbach, Rita Kirkman and Julie and Michael Freeman. An event not to be missed for keen pastellists. Reserve the dates in your calendar. For now, you can view some information on the Expo web site. The organisers will update the web site over time as the event becomes closer.

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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

Art Spectrum Extra Soft
Australia, 180 Colours

Sennelier
France, 525 Colours


Creamy Soft Pastels


Terry Ludwig
United States, Selected Sets

Unison
England, 402 Colours

Townsend Soft Form
United States, 408 Colours

Townsend Terrages
United States, 190 Colours

Girault
France, 300 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
Terry Ludwig Townsend Unison
 
Oil Pastels
Cray Pas Sennelier  
 
Paper
Ampersand Colourfix Hahnemuhle
Mi-Teintes Mi-Teintes Touch Pastelmat
Pastel Premier Sennelier UART Premium
 
Pastel Pencils
Bruynzeel Carbothello Conte
Derwent    
 
Other
Blenders Charcoal Primers
Sofft Tools Storage  
 
 


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