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Why use anything else but the best – The PaintBox is pleased to offer these very special pastels made using conservation-abiding 15th century old Italian methods, and containing fine premium pigments for a rich but smooth effect. The organic, pebble shape and size of these pastels should allow for more vigorous and dynamic strokes, as they are less likely to crumble in hand.

If you have been using commercial, mass manufactured pastels before – which contain chalks and other cheap, dusty fillers – this medium is incomparable. They are carefully handmade, in small batches, with the aim of giving each colour the greatest clarity and brightness, allowing the artist to explore the pigment’s full character. Some pumice is added to the pigment, in order to break open the surface of the paper – giving even more depth and facilitating layering. In addition, these pastels can be used wet, for a watercolour effect.

The 12 colour set presented here has been inspired by Fauvist painter Henri Matisse’s colour palette – an artist known for his use of bold, pure and unadulterated colour, as seen in these few illustrated examples – which we hope will inspire…

Ingredients: Pumice, tragacanth gum and natural pigment
Pastel Dimensions: 38 x 25 x 20mm

12 Pastel Set with the following colours: Cobalt Blue Hue 015, Grey 123, Phthalo Green 145, Mars Yellow 080, Red Oxide 092, Napthol Red Mix 111, Cadmium Orange 062, Ultra Blue Black 132, Cadmium Red Deep 046, Light Green Grey 140, Cadmium Red Orange 060, Deep Brown Oxide 106

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