View Full Version : Tastiest Pastel Sampler - Anyone Tried?

09-22-2012, 03:25 AM
I've noticed a few people mention the Dakota pastel samplers, but I also stumbled across these samplers (http://www.fineartstore.com/Catalog/tabid/365/List/1/CategoryID/26168/Level/a/Default.aspx?SortField=UnitCost%2cUnitCost) from the Fine Art Store, available in a landscape, portrait or darks selection. Has anyone bought one of these sampler sets? What was the colour range like? I'm not planning on going nuts and buying every brand of pastel on the market, but I'd like to get one of these just so I can try them out (as much to satisfy my own curiosity as anything), since I've heard very good things about some of them (if I really like one particular type I might just get a small set). What I'd hopefully like to find out is if they at least give you a variety of colours in the sampler, since I don't want to get 10 sticks of the same/similar colour (which is why the Dakota samplers don't particularly appeal to me, they seem to be only in sets of one colour).

These are the pastels I have now, my Faber-Castell Polychromos 60 tin on the left and my Rembrandts 90 half-sticks on the right (I've also got a set of 30 Mungyo Gallery Handmade on the way from America, plus one of those little 18 Conte Carres boxes because they were on special):
Basically I'm just wondering which of the sets I should get. People and figures don't interest me so I won't bother with the portrait set, but I can't decide whether I should get the darks or the landscape set. I mainly want to draw landscapes, still lifes and maybe animals. I know that the actual colours you get in these sampler sets varies, I'm just trying to work out which would help me fill the most gaps in my collection.

09-22-2012, 05:22 AM
Since they say this:
(PLEASE NOTE: Colors are chosen at random; image shown is only to show brands that are included! You will not receive the exact colors that are in the picture)
then you cannot possibly know whether what you receive will fill whatever gaps might exist. In fact, you cannot know what gaps you have until you start to work with what you have, these pastels look remarkably UNtouched!

I suggest you buy whichever of the samplers you fancy, if only to give you a chance to try out the feel of all the different makes. You really do not need any more than you have, that Rembrandt half set box has a marvellous range of colours, and sufficient for all your needs, in my opinion.

09-22-2012, 07:26 AM
Rebecca...I have moved your question to our Talk section....but I have left a redirect in our Gallery section should you need it.:)

09-23-2012, 03:10 AM
I've seen some great deals in the US but once you add shipping costs the deals aren't so great. I think you'd have to buy a few really good deals to ship together to make paying for shipping worthwhile.

09-23-2012, 07:35 AM
Rebecca...quite a lot of the hard work describing Pastels and Pastel sets has already been done and is available in our Materials section (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=442). Hope that helps!

09-29-2012, 06:22 AM
Why is the materials section locked?

09-29-2012, 07:43 AM
Why is the materials section locked?
I take it you haven't yet read this (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814221)...there are only two active sections in the Pastel Forum, the rest are archival/reference sections...which are read only. The team decide which threads are worthy of copying from the Talk or Studio to those sections...makes it easier to find when you need it....otherwise you'd have trawl through an enormous amount of threads...many of which have long since disappeared into the ether! :D

09-29-2012, 08:40 AM
I see. Thanks.

12-19-2012, 08:56 PM
I haven't seen any threads with photos of the Tastiest Pastel Sampler (http://www.fineartstore.com/Catalog/tabid/365/List/1/CategoryID/26168/Level/a/Default.aspx?SortField=UnitCost%2cUnitCost)from the Fine Art Store. I just received mine, so I thought I'd post shots here in case it's helpful to anyone who is thinking about getting one. Side note: I believe I have been drooling.

They arrived like this:

And here they are. I ordered the Portrait selection. Though the Unison arrived in its own box (note that it's not a normal sized Unison, but the "small size"), I put them all together for this photo. NOTE: if you order a Portrait sampler, the pastels you receive will not be the same as these. Still, this will give you a sense of the variety of colors yours might include.
Top box: Great American, Girault, Roche
Middle left box: Diane Townsend Terrages, Terry Ludwig
Middle right box: Diane Townsend Soft Form, Diane Townsend Thinline, Unison size small
Bottom left box: Jack Richeson, Art Spectrum, Schmincke
Bottom right box: Mount Vision, Daler Rowney, Sennelier

For kicks, I thought I might as well include what they look like - this is on light and dark Canson M-T. I have to say that the Diane Townsend Thinline surprised me. It just melted onto the paper. Ultra soft. Will definitely be picking up a few more of those to see if that's consistent across the line.
Shown in this order:

Mt Vision 193
Sennelier 371
Ludwig-(Mystery pastel, no label)
Roche-(can't make out the markings)
GA-Mocha 165.5
Art Spectrum-Burnt Umber 1552
Daler Rowney-503 Tint 3
Townsend Soft Form-60
Richeson-156 Earth
Townsend Thinline-5L
Townsend Terrages 88
Schmincke-Van Dyke Brown D

12-20-2012, 09:52 AM
. . . .What I'd hopefully like to find out is if they at least give you a variety of colours in the sampler, since I don't want to get 10 sticks of the same/similar colour (which is why the Dakota samplers don't particularly appeal to me, they seem to be only in sets of one colour).
Why don't you email Fine Art Store and ask them to maximize the color range in your proposed Sampler order?

It certainly can't hurt to ask. Can it?

Just a suggestion. :thumbsup: