Wolf Kahn 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. 

The 12 colour set presented here has been inspired by American artist Wolf Kahn's (b. 1927) colour palette - an artist known for his use of bold and vibrant colour in landscapes in the pastel medium, as seen in these few illustrated examples - and 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: 018 Ultramarine Blue, 020 Ultramarine Blue, 056 Cadmium Red Light, 063 Cadmium Orange, 067 Cadmium Yellow Med, 088 Red Oxide, 093 Mars Violet, 124 Grey, 135 Blue Violet Grey, 164 Permanent Green, 182 Quinacridone Violet, and 188 Dioxazine Purple.

Image Credits:
Overcast (1997), pastel on paper.
Spots of Pink (2009), pastel on paper.
Low Lying Barn (2012), pastel on paper.

Illustration and swatches courtesy of Claire Fletcher