Mood for Matisse 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 yet 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 dusty cheap 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 pigments 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, which are, relative to other pastels, low in dust, can be used wet, for a watercolour effect. 

The 12 colour set presented here, has been inspired from Fauvist Henri Matisse' colour palette - an artist known for his use of bold, pure and unadulterated colour, as seen in these few illustrated examples - and which we hope will inspire...

Ingredients: Pumice, tragacanth gum and natural pigment
12 Colours
Each pastel measures approx. 38 x 25 x 20 (thick) mm