View Full Version : Pastel Storage help

08-24-2013, 05:31 AM
Hello. I have looked at all the options available but still can't make a decision on which one to go for. I was hoping to get some advice from those with more experience.
It would need to be compactable to save space when packed but I would prefer to be able to view them all when working. I would also need it big enough to grow into, I have 106 pastels at the moment but will gradually add more, although I only need to store half as I break them in half and keep one half in the original box with the wrapper so when one half runs out I can move onto the reserve half while a new one is ordered.

I hope links are allowed, these are the options I can't decide between:




08-24-2013, 09:23 PM
I sent you a private message on this subject.

08-25-2013, 12:57 AM
I would recommend a wood pastel box, though the prices are significantly higher than what you are showing here. I'm not sure where you are located, but the least expensive wood box that I know of is a small Dakota Traveler, or even the Large Dakota Traveler (which really doesn't cost that much more than the small one). Here is a link (http://www.dakotapastels.com/pages/boxes-dakota.aspx). I've got both a small and a large one, the large is for my studio and the small is for plein air work. I've also got a Heliman medium box that I use in the studio, but that one is even more expensive. It is beautifully made and I would recommend it, but sometimes cost is an issue, in which case the Dakota boxes would work fine I think.

Here is a photo of my small Dakota box, filled with pastels for plein air work (It's not this clean anymore :lol: , this is when I first filled it). There are two boards with foam that lay on top of the pastels and are clipped into place before closing the box (like a book). The pastels stay nice and safe, it's easy to transport and doesn't take up a lot of space. You can easily store it away when not in use. The Heilman box works the same way and looks similar. This is the Dakota box:


08-25-2013, 05:23 AM
Hi All,

Thanks for the replies, sorry I didn't put it in my post but I am based in the UK (How do I get one of those flags?)
I don't know why as pastels are quite popular over here but the options designed for pastel storage are very limited over here, the only options is the 3rd link I posted in a choice of 2 or 4 tray, or a similar system where the same trays are in a 1,2 or 3 tier drawer unit instead of a box, neither of which can be built upon, I am very jealous of all the options available in the US.

However I went into town yesterday to look for curtains but while in the curtain store I actually came across my ideal storage solution (always happens when you aren't actually looking) They are called Prym storage boxes and they are a series of plastic trays that can be stacked and clipped together, you can buy the trays separately in 1 & 2 litre options (I bought the shallow 1 litre ones) They also do a jumbo version where each tray is about 4 times the size of the ones I bought but that was too big for me.
For now I have used cardboard to split each tray into 2, but as my pastel count grows I will use a separate tray for each colour. For now I have used kitchen towel in the bottom but I am going to buy some foam to line each tray and another piece to put in the top of each tray to stop them moving around in transit. I might also buy a 2 litre tray to keep my accessories in (the initial set up came with 2 x 1litre trays and 1 x 2 litre trays but my 2 litre tray was broken) The clips are very strong and sturdy as well.

Here they are all spread out for painting:

http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w449/jaspervan/20130825_084618.jpg (http://s1076.photobucket.com/user/jaspervan/media/20130825_084618.jpg.html)

All packed away when I need my desk for other things or for travel:

http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w449/jaspervan/20130825_084716.jpg (http://s1076.photobucket.com/user/jaspervan/media/20130825_084716.jpg.html)

Or half and half if you just want one tray from the middle:

http://i1076.photobucket.com/albums/w449/jaspervan/20130825_084925.jpg (http://s1076.photobucket.com/user/jaspervan/media/20130825_084925.jpg.html)

After sorting my pastels I have realised I have no red soft pastels :eek: I could also do with a few more coloured greys so off I pop to buy some more (that's my excuse and I am sticking to it :angel: )

Edit: Found the flag :clap:

08-25-2013, 01:19 PM
Oh that's no excuse, it's a dire necessity. You need more reds and greys. Definitely. That's one of the things that getting a pastel box does - it shows where your range is short and where it's strong.

It's very important to have warm reds and cool reds, leaning orange or purplish respectively and at least one stick that's mid-red leaning very little. Looks like you could use some more muted greens too, you can never get enough greens. Also lighter brown tints and grey tints, but you mentioned greys.

It's a cool system for your pastels. Foam is better than kitchen towel but it's a good start what you put in for padding.

I have a Dakota box, a small one. Not posting the photo since the one posted is exactly like mine but it's a good arrangement.

Sorry to hear it's hard to get the pastel carriers in the UK though.