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KerryNB
11-21-2015, 04:18 PM
While searching for info on pastels I didn't come across much on Jaxell pastels, though I did see that they had been recommended by one pastel artist for her students. I couldn't find a comparison to other brands to give me an idea of what they were like, though I had spotted in videos by this pastel artist on youtube that he used them in some of his pastel work: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRXkzdljGel4MLbbfHaAIjg

When I saw this set at such a good price I thought I would risk buying them: http://www.greatart.co.uk/BigDraw/Drawing-Tools/Coloured-Pencils-Pastels/Set-Of-72-Jaxell-Soft-Pastels.html I am always a bit panicky when using the more expensive pastels just to experiment with and play with while I get into pastels and I figured these might help me feel like less I was throwing money down the drain.

I have other brands of pastel and I would say that they are practically the same as Daler Rowney: they are the same consistency and stick to the paper as well. If I can manage to get a decent photo in daylight I will upload a comparison photo on sandpaper tomorrow. They also have slightly different colours to Daler Rowney so are complimentary as extra supplies. I have the full set of Daler Rowney (bought them at a bargain price - I do so love a bargain!)

For those in the UK who use Pastelmat they might like to know that the same company that is selling the Jaxells has Pastelmat with 52% off at the moment.

Kerry

KerryNB
11-22-2015, 07:26 AM
The attached is the picture of the comparison. The Daler Rowney strokes have D at the side of them and the Jaxell have J. I chose a colour that was as close as possible for the comparison. Jaxell have some really vivid colours. The Jaxells are square pastels approximately the same size as Daler as well as a very similar consistency.

Hope the comparison proves useful. :)

Kerry

water girl
11-22-2015, 02:57 PM
I'm not familiar with this brand, but I'm guessing you are not in the US. Here is an old link discussing the Jaxells. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394049

robertsloan2
11-25-2015, 06:44 PM
Oh these are excellent. Glad you could find reasonably priced decent pastels. I like that sort of wood box too. It's very, very sturdy. You can't go wrong with that.

KerryNB
11-27-2015, 04:40 PM
I have been experimenting with Jaxells on sandpaper and have found that you can't layer them as well as Daler Rowney pastels: they just won't take. I can put layers of Daler Rowney on top after they refuse to hold so they are fine for the under layers, then using other pastels if I want to continue layering.