Extra Large Flesh Tones Soft Form 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 set of 24 different flesh tones can be used for life drawing, earthy landscapes, surrealist expressionism: the artistic opportunities are endless. This set includes colours ranging from off-white to hot pink to raw umber, for the full spectrum of the body. 

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

24 Pastel Set with the following colours: Burnt Sienna Dark 002D, Cadmium Red Light Light 014L, Dark Mustard 060, Dark Orange Gray Light 065L, Gray Green 071, Hot Pink Light 094L, Light Orange Light 076L, Mars Violet Light 005L, Naphthol Red Brown 048, Naphthol Red Medium Light 037L, Naphthol Red Orange Light 038L, Off White Pink Dark 082D, Pale Burnt Sienna 115, Pale Burnt Sienna Light 115L, Pale Mars Yellow 113, Pale Pink 087, Pale Red Oxide 114, Raw Umber Dark 003D, Red Oxide Light 004L, Salmon Dark 095D, Salmon Light 095L, Suede 105, Ultra Mars Violet 103, Violet Orange Pale Dark 108D

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.