Extra Large Earth And Shadows Terrages Wet and Dry Pastels


Why use anything else but the best - Choosing Keeping 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. 

This double set of 24 colours has a range of shades inspired by 'earth and shadows', for the full spectrum of dusk til dawn. 

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

24 Pastel Set with the following colours: 
Burnt Sienna 099, Burnt Sienna 101, Deep Brown Oxide 104, Deep Brown Oxide 105, Deep Brown Oxide 106, Gray 122, Light Green Gray 141, Mars Black 190, Mars Violet 095, Mars Yellow 079, Mars Yellow 081, Naphthol Red Mix 109, Naphthol Red Mix 110, Olive Green 147, Olive Green 148, Raw Sienna 075, Raw Sienna 078, Raw Umber 114, Raw Umber 116, Red Oxide 090, Tan Oxide 084, Tan Oxide 085, Ultra Blue Black 131, Ultramarine Violet 023

General Notes and precautions when working with Pastels

When working with soft pastel, be aware of nuisance dust. It is ideal to wear disposable gloves and a dust mask when working with pastel, especially if working in a  vigorous/expressive manner, where pigment dust becomes temporarily airborne.

To counter pigment dust, spray a fine mist of water in the workspace before beginning to paint with pastels. This will catch any dust and force it down to floor level. Ideally, work in a ventilated space.

Do not eat, drink or smoke when working with pastels. Wash hands before eating or drinking.