Diane Townsend Pastels Now Available

Beautiful handmade pastels from New York. Theses 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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25% Off Girault Sets and Singles

These French Artisan Made Soft Pastels are of the highest quality having been in continuous production since 1780. Exceptional pigment load provides true and vibrant colour whilst the application is easy and flowing. The soft and creamy nature of the pastels lends itself to blending as well as the ability to make consistent accurate strokes with varying degrees of density.

Girault Pastels availabilty update.
Girault are experiencing some problems with the supply of the foam lining for their boxes which means our stock is delayed unfortunately. We have also been experiencing high demand during the sales period.

Sets - Most sets are still in stock. Some sets will have a delayed delivery and these are highlighted on the ordering page.
Single Pastels - No backorders will be kept.

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New: 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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15% Off Schmincke Assorted Set of 15

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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10% Off Pastelmat Packs of 5 A4 Sheets

Pastelmat by Clairefontaine of France is a truely wonderful and unique paper. It combines the advantages of both the velour and the sanded paper surfaces to create an almost flat paper that can take and easily hold multiple layers of pastel.

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Sennelier Portrait Set of 40 Half Sticks Now Only $84.95

A very good compact set which provides a wide enough colour range to get started on your next portrait. 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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15% Off Rembrandt Cardboard Box Sets of 90

The special covers bot the Portrait Set (pictured above) and the Landscape Set. 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 Art Spectrum Extra Soft Pastels

Special includes sets and singles. Art Spectrum Extra Soft Pastels are the softest pastels made by Art Spectrum. 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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The Pan Pastel Sale

- Sofft Tools Combo Pack now only $54.95 (featured above)
- 10% Off Pan Pastel Trays
- Single Pan Pastels from $9.50
- 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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$100 Off Sennelier Set of 120 Oil Pastels

Beautiful wooden box set of the complete range of Sennelier Oil Pastels. The pastels have an exceptionally high pigment load which provides high colouring and coverage with exceptional brightness. They are very creamy and supple in use and are able to be blended and layered with ease.

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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

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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