View Full Version : Thoughts on Richeson medium soft pastels set of 60 half stick's

02-16-2017, 12:49 PM
I recently purchased a set of 60 half stick's assorted colors. I think these pastels are an amazing deal on Amazon 40$ and it comes with 4 Unison soft pastels and a Sample of hard Gatorboard with a guessoed sanded surface! Does anyone know what I should expect from these pastels?!
Any and all advice, comments is greatly appreciated.

water girl
02-16-2017, 02:04 PM
I like mine. They are pretty close to Rembrandts, not too hard, not too soft.

02-16-2017, 02:53 PM
Yes, that is an AMAZING deal!! :clap:

02-16-2017, 08:25 PM
I thought it was a great deal n now I know!
Thank God for Amazon am I right?...Lol
Thanks water girl. I just started a new painting and there right in the middle as far as the hard/soft factor I can tell they are like a perfect middle! Not too messy and when you use an edge even with pressure,no crumbling and awesome pigment load. I love the tactical feeling and sound when dragging them across a receptive substrate... VERY deep personal zen-ness that's not a word I know but.... Anyways I really like these I really want their darks set next!

02-17-2017, 03:13 PM
FYI: In some of my students' experience they work well on sanded supports, but not as well on supports such as Canson Mi Tientes.
Im happy they are working for you.

02-22-2017, 02:16 PM
Well Peggy I'm just starting out but in my experience it's more tricky with non sanded surfaces because it doesn't except nearly enough layer's. So you have to do a lot of planning before you start working. And it also depends on the application, technique and pressure being used. I tend to like the harder pastels because I don't have much money they last a bit longer and go down thinner so I can easily build up layer's and not clog the tooth of my surface as can happen.