Pastels (oil)

In 1949, Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking. Their collaboration produced the incomparable Sennelier oil pastels… We thought we’d go for these ones! But then we could not resist adding the wonderful Neopastels from Caran d’Ache and their more fun alterego the NeocolorII which are watersoluble. We also stock however some kids brands and some are also watersoluble, as well as the high quality Stockmar wax blocks and crayons.

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  • Caran d’Ache Neocolor I and II
  1. Neocolor I We stock these only in tins (of 15, 24, and 30) These water-resistant wax pastels are soft and easy to work with. They feature exceptional covering power, excellent lightfastness, and are great for underpainting. Their hardness allows them to be sharpened more easily for detail and edge work. These crayons are soluble in mineral spirits (turps) for wash techniques and can be melted onto paper to give encaustic effects.
  2. Neocolor II (Finally in stock, in all their 84 delicious colours (you’ll be able to restock your tins!) and also available in tins of course.) Aquarelle Artists’ Crayons are recognized as the leading watersoluble wax pastel. Again they are top quality (for lightfastness and pigment concentration) but they are also really versatile as you can use them both dry and wet. After drying they have a lovely near encaustic quality to them, a sort of mat sheen I find very pleasing…. most children do too!
  • Sennelier We stock these pastels loose in 120 colours or in all sorts of assortments (metallic, landscape, portrait colours, etc). They are also available in a few colours (36) in the luscious 38ml sticks.
  • Stockmar‘s wax blocks and crayons are well known to demanding teachers and parents. They are made as artist material with the finest pigments and pure beeswax and even laid on thickly they retain a translucency thanks to the wax. Non toxic and environmentally friendly, their range of 24 colours is based on Goethe’s theory of colour.

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