pastels & crayons
Draw Art Supplies offer a good
selection of artist pastels and crayons. There are five types of pastels available: soft
and hard pastels, pastel pencils, watersoluble pastels and oil pastels. The Crayons are
available from a child's colouring quality to artist quality.
The most widely used of the various pastel types, because they produce the
wonderful velvety bloom. They contain proportionally more pigment and less binder, so
colour is rich and vibrant. They are easy to apply and requiring little pressure to make a
mark, they can be smudged and blended with a finger, a rag or paper stump. Soft pastels
are normally very fragile because they contain little binder so are prone to crumble or
break easily. It is recommended that you purchase or keep your soft pastels in a tin or
strong container. Also recommended is that you spray each stage of your work with a
fixative to prevent smudging.
These contain less pigment and more binder than soft pastels. This offers the artist a
firmer pastel to work with but the colours are not brilliant. They can be sharpened to a
point to produce crisp clear lines and details. Hard pastels are often used for outlining,
or to add details and accents or used in combination with other drawing and painting
These offer all the advantages of the soft pastels but include a water-soluble ingredient,
so that it is possible to thin out their colour into a transparent wash. This opens the
door to a variety of techniques (See Caran d'Ache Neocolour Watersoluble Pastels).
Water-soluble pastels are relatively new to the world of pastel art.
These are just as it implies a pencil with a pastel centre. They offer the artist
good control, easy handling and are very clean to work with. Best suited for small scale
or fine detail work and can be used in conjunction with both hard and soft pastels.
Oil Pastels offer thick buttery strokes with a very intense pallet of colours. They are
stronger, harder and less crumbly than soft pastels; since they tend not to smudge, they
require little or no fixative but are more difficult to blend.
Draw Art Supplies Products
d'Ache Neocolour I Wax Crayons.
Jovi, Plastic Crayons
Jovi, Wax Crayons
Spectrum, Wax Crayons Medium
& Jumbo Size
Venus, Artist Soft Pastels
Guitar, Oil Pastels
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