View Full Version : Purchasing open stock....

Phoenix Rising
06-18-2003, 05:53 PM
I would like to expand my pastel palette, but I am unsure of what to purchase. At the moment, I have a box of 60 Rembrandt half sticks, a general asortment, and a few nupastel's. I would like to purchase a few more pastels, in a general range of colours. Which colours do you suggest?

Also, I want to get a couple of pastel pencils, to use for underpainting. Again, which colours do you reccomend?'


06-18-2003, 05:59 PM
Although I'd love to help - I found that the colors I used depended upon the types of items I'm working on at the moment. When doing pastels, I really liked having all the possible rich skin tones - reds, sienna, etc. as well as some olive greens to mix in. Then I use a totally different palette when doing florals - they are more intense colors.

Overall I find that I really appreciate good darks which are rare to find.

Sorry I'm not more help but I took the plunge and made the investment into a full set of about 200-300 Rembrandts and can't complain one bit 2 years later.


Phoenix Rising
06-18-2003, 06:01 PM
Maybe I should also point out that I am a student on a *very* limited budget....

06-18-2003, 06:03 PM
I totally understand the limited budget. I'm a Goodwill shopper for my entire wardrobe (well except some things of course).

What will you be painting most of do you think? - subject matters? I may be able to steer you then.


Phoenix Rising
06-18-2003, 06:06 PM
At the moment, probably still lifes, floral, and landscape.

06-18-2003, 06:18 PM
That helps...

Good greens are the toughest to come by - in fact I never buy Sennelier pastels since they crumble but I did find an especially good, very dark, dark green that is wonderful. No. 179 If you see a green you like - especially a rich yellow-green add it to your collection. Rembrandts are good pastels.

I really like hot, bright, fully saturated colors for my outdoor work - especially vivid blues and pinky/purples. I'd go for the brightest brights you can find and then some deep, deep dark colors. Like a deep earth tone with a redish hue.

I've also made the investment in purchasing Schmincke pastels selectively - I know, I know a bit more pricey but if you like them and use them - you can't go wrong. I'm especially fond of one of their latest colors - quinacridone violet. If you look up my work you'll see I've used it my florals.

I don't use my yellow as much as some folks do.

Perhaps others who do more still lifes and landscapes will be able to help more from here. I'd hate to steer you wrong as I concentrate on portraits mostly.

best of luck with them.


Rose Queen
06-18-2003, 07:24 PM
Then there's WetCanvas's own Terry Ludwig, who makes delicious pastels: http://www.terryludwig.com/index.html

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06-18-2003, 09:29 PM
It's nice to have a couple of almost-whites, say, a really pale yellow and blue or violet. They add a richness to highlights.

Phoenix Rising
06-19-2003, 07:11 PM
Anyone else not have anything to add?

06-19-2003, 11:46 PM
I got my whole 96 set of Nupastels , my Senneliers and others on EBAY and saved a bunch

check it out also...they even have open stock occaisionally

Kathryn Wilson
06-20-2003, 01:28 AM
My next purchase is going to be for some luscious darks - either Unison or Art Spectrum. You just can't get enough good dark greens, dark eggplant, dark blue or purple. My next wish be for a very light, light yellow for the "sauce" (icing) in the painting.

06-20-2003, 03:22 AM
For those on a tight budget, a good thing to watch out for is boxes of HALF STICKS. That way, you get twice as many pastels for your money - kind of. Yes, they don't last as long as whole sticks, I know before anyone picks me up on this.......but the more colours yuo have the better.


06-20-2003, 04:21 AM
I find that Rembrandt's are cheap and excellent quality! One often sees offers on them and they have a wonderful range of colours. If I were you, I'd bite the bullet and get a landscape set.
Get plenty of green and blue, good dark colours (as you can always lighten them up with lights, but I find it more difficult to darken light colours) and some warm reds. Even with just a very limited pallette you can create almost all the colours you need, you just need to mix them a bit more on your paper. Make sure you have all the primary colours, or all the colours of the colour wheel.

Hope to see the results soon :)

06-20-2003, 04:25 AM
My first lot of pastels were half stick sets.....sckminke do a lovely set of 60 half sticks.........I have of course added since then with unisons......on good advise.

06-20-2003, 03:53 PM
There are several places online that sell open stock, the best and cheapest places to go are


All these websites have open stock, there are a couple others but ive found that these three are the cheapest so far, jerrys is having a huge sale on pastels right now, nupastels 96 set for 40 i think, and the cretacolors entire set for around the same price, nupastels on ebay are pretty much going for more than they are selling on these three sites above, i would only use ebay to buy rembrandts as those are what sold the most.

hope this helps, as im in the same boat right now with wanting to buy new pastels on a budget :rolleyes: .

Artists on a budget , have you ever heard of anything more sadder? :o ....................yes sadder is a word.........isnt it lol