Pass out the PASTELS!
Safety note: Do note not blow on pastel paintings. Tap pastel dust
into paper bag.
Soft Pastels are the purest form of artist color, formed almost exclusively
from pure pigment with only enough binder to allow them to be formed into
useable sticks. They vary from hard (Nu pastels) to very soft (Schmincke) with
many variations in between. The extensive color lines like Sennelier allow
artists a choice of many subtle color variations.
We are going to use a twenty color set by Sennelier. The sticks we’re using
are ¼ sticks, just right for expressive strokes. If you run out of a color ask
me for a replacement.
Sennelier extra-fine soft pastels are the Rolls Royce of pastels. Their
intensity of pigment and exceptional softness have been appreciated by
pastelists since the turn of the century.
Their world famous beauty made them the preferred pastels of Degas. They are
produced the same way today: by hand. Sennelier’s are so highly concentrated
and velvety that the most gentle strokes deliver a solid, powerful line of
brilliant color. Fine variations of shading and the mellowest of tones are
possible because of their high quality composition, complimenting every surface.
Over the years the original 700 color range narrowed down to the present 552
colors, presently the widest range available in the market.
Ours is a very limited palate. If you want to explore pastels in the future,
consider buying at least an 80 stick ½ size set, for about 50 dollars online.
By far best deal available in soft pastel line.