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Old 02-06-2018, 01:42 PM
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pastel pencils

Hello! Anyone have suggestions on the softest pastel pencils on the market? I'm new to pastel painting, and my old Contes are too hard, they scratch more than they lay down colors. I'm looking for something to make details over the top of my layered paintings. Workable fixative doesn't seem to do the trick. I've also tried some of my harder sticks like Nupastels, nothing seems to lay down color. Suggestions?

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Old 02-06-2018, 01:58 PM
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Re: pastel pencils

Here is a link to one of the threads that discusses the various brands of pastel pencils. I hope this is helplful.
Karen, IAPS/MC, PSA WC Moderator-Pastels

web site , Getting started in soft pastels., What you need to know, Critique Guide Lines
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:40 PM
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Re: pastel pencils

I use Carb Othello Stabilo and those are the ones I always thought of as the softest. But really, they are all close to each other in texture and closest to hard pastels like Nupastel. The problem with putting detailed marks over heavily layered color is that you're dealing with sticks that are a lot softer than all the pastel pencils sometimes. One way to do it is to go more lightly around the detailed area and finish it with the pencils. Another is to gently blend just the area under where the details will go with a tool like a Colour Shaper or its equivalents - these do include a slice of a vinyl eraser or a bit of pipe insulation, used carefully. I like the colour shapers for getting into tight spaces.

The very softest white for details that I've ever used is General's White Charcoal pencils. They are really soft.

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Old 02-06-2018, 04:49 PM
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Re: pastel pencils

Thanks Robert. I've seen a lot of your posts, and they are very detailed and helpful. I appreciate the comments! Funny, I looked at some General pastel pencils the other day at the store and decided not to buy them, for some reason. Now I definitely will give the white one a try. I also have hesitated using any of those shapers, but I'll pick some up too. The scratching/drawing with my old Contes gives kind of an interesting effect, I was just wondering if there was a better way. Very nice to actually "talk" to you. Hope all is well with you.
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