View Full Version : Trying to figure out what brand this pastel is...

Laura Brito
08-08-2002, 05:17 PM
I recently purchased a huge lot of pastels from Brooke. I have alot of pastels that are square, some seem very dry and hard, others are hard but when I apply them they seem slippery and shiny, almost waxy, I have used oil pastels before so I doubt these are oil. Does anyone know the different brands of square pastels and if they do, do any of them seem waxy?


Rick R
08-08-2002, 06:11 PM
If you can upload a photo I can give it a shot.

- Rick

Laura Brito
08-08-2002, 09:49 PM


There is no writing on them, and they are different than most square hard pastels I have used, if I continue to put pressure on them and continue to color with them the area gets shiny and waxy like. I am just curious as to what brand they are so I can avoid them or know if they have a good use other than drawing? The outside when you hold them does not color your fingers like other square pastels, they do not feel as chalky either, they are more silky to the feel.


08-09-2002, 07:24 AM

They almost look like a conte stick or a prismacolor art stick. Are they long and thin? But, Prismacolor wouldn't crumble like that. Prismacolor feels like a colored pencil without the wood around the color part going onto the paper. Very hard and waxy.


Laura Brito
08-09-2002, 12:39 PM
Ahh then I bet they may be prismacolor. I don't like the waxy thing because if you try and put something else on top of it, it won't stick......it is thin and hard, the reason it crumbled is because I put very hard pressure on it.


Rick R
08-09-2002, 01:34 PM
Ugh, no idea here I'm afraid.

I don't think they are Nupastels (Prismacolors). Nupastels do have a vanish on the outside to make them less dusty, but that doesn't translate to a "waxy" feel on the paper. It's hard to tell the size here, but Nupastels, Cretacolor, and Faber Castell are all long and very thin, and do have at least a number imprinted.

Sakura used to mare a square pastel, but they were un-varnished. I have some square pastels from Mungyo, and they are resold under a lot of different names, but they are not coated or waxy.

Hopefully we can at least narrow down what they are not. :)

- Rick

08-09-2002, 03:11 PM
I tthink they are Grumgacher

Laura Brito
08-09-2002, 04:12 PM
I thought that gumbachers were retangular shaped? Not square? At least the pictures I have seen were that way?


Thanks everyone!


08-10-2002, 12:34 AM
Could they be Reeves? They're made to be very inexpensive and the shape is right.

08-10-2002, 08:01 AM

Yes, Nu-Pastels are manufactured by Prismacolor. And they are great. I love Nu-pastels. You can do so much with them. Those are the ones I take into the field with me.

The sticks I was speaking of are called "Berol Prismacolor Art Stix"

I don't know much about them except I have several and never use them. They are hard and waxy and work like a hard colored pencil.

I don't think this is what Laura has because the name is printed on the stick.

Glad I was able to find the post for you. That was a first for me copying the location into a post.