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jade fox
06-06-2004, 11:54 AM
Anyone ever use roche pastels, if so are they as good as people say. Of course it's the person behind them that really matters. Just curious to some opinions because I found a US dealer for them. :cool:

Deborah Secor
06-06-2004, 02:00 PM
I know someone here has some but I can't remember who the fortunate soul was... Maybe do a search in the soft pastels forum with the name and see what turns up...

One thing I know--they're EXPENSIVE!!


PS--Did a quick search (in Pastel Talk, not in Soft Forum) and found this:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48335&highlight=roche (http://) Go to the 11th post for a description of how they feel...


06-06-2004, 03:20 PM
Yep, Dee's got that one right! I thought someday, just for a lark, I'd buy a single "set" of one color's values...(usually five to nine shades) just to say I tried 'em...maybe a really cheap color like one running only $120 or so for six sticks or whatever. I remember someone telling how lucsious they are, but I can't remember who either.

They are supposed to be wonderful, but I think I'd be intimidated too much by their cost to ever USE them! It would be like smearing dollar bills onto the paper! They do offer more shades and tints of each color than anybody else, tho.

PS...the thread mentioned above also says Roche pastels have pumice in them...why put pumice in the PASTEL itself??? Anybody know the reasoning behind that?

jade fox
06-06-2004, 03:49 PM
Gotta agree on the money side of it, $1,400 a set is a little extreme. Here's a link in case anyone is interested in the selections they have.


06-06-2004, 04:20 PM
Well, wooden box or not...it's out of my league! :D
If I were going to try some, they'd probably be the yellows, blues or lilacs...the other brands don't offer that many step values of those and would like some really subtle gradations. Still, I might wind up doing better making my own after I have a start in Kitty's class in August!