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Pastel  Supplies

PASTELS – Most sets of pastels can be purchased specifically for PORTRAIT or LANDSCAPE.

If you are focusing on either of those subjects I would suggest getting the appropriate set. You can purchase a general set that is for overall use.



I recommend the largest set of REMBRANDT soft pastels that you can afford.

(The largest set contains 225 sticks; the 150-stick set is also excellent.)

You can get the set that contains half sized sticks..you will get twice as many colors for the same price.

If you choose to begin with a smaller set, it is advisable to supplement it with some individual Rembrandt sticks, so that your total selection includes at least a few shades of the widest range of colors possible.



It is important to have Nupastels, the largest set you can afford. (The largest set contains 96 sticks.)

I have had mine for 30 years- pastels last forever.



The extra soft pastels can be bought as a set or individually. Most useful for finishing touches and highlights.



Of the pastel papers, I like Canson for the weight and texture. Canson makes a Steel Grey and a Felt Grey, which are both good neutrals. Bring about 5-7 sheets. The paper measures slightly larger than 19" x 25".


There are many sanded papers that are excellent also... We can talk about which is best for your purpose.


Two pieces of white foam core board, same size or slightly larger than your paper. One will be your back board, one will be an overnight cover. If you prefer to work on (drawing) boards or canvas, that's fine.



X-acto knife or mat cutter, ruler and straight-edge to cut your paper and backboard down to size, if you wish to work smaller than the paper and board are manufactured.


Four clips, such as bulldog (approximately 3" size), or the long, Banker's clips.


Charcoal, hard and soft

Charcoal sandpaper block

Razor blades, single edge

Paper towels

Drawing pad

Any pencils you like to use.

Kneaded eraser

Hand -held mirror



1.Use an acid-free cold press heavy weight illustration board

2.2. Mix 2/3 cup acrylic gesso and 1/3 cup water.

3.Mix well.

4.To this mixture, add 4 level tablespoons of finely ground pumice (available in hardware stores) and mix well. Keep the mixture in a covered plastic container. Marble dust or quartz can be used in place of pumice.

5.Tape the illustration board to a smooth, clean surface such as a table or floor.

6. Using a foam brush, apply the mixture as evenly as possible. It will dry fairly quickly – about 45 minutes. Test a tiny, out of the way spot with your finger. When you are certain that the entire board is dry, apply a second coat brushing at a right angle to the direction of the first layer.

7.When the surface is dry tint the board with a mid-value acrylic paint which has been diluted with water or watercolor. You can choose a color that is relevant to your painting. A neutral gray is often very useful. Use a clean foam brush, not the one used for the gesso/pumice mixture. Several layers of paint may be required to obtain an even surface, and the paint takes several hours to dry. It is also possible to mix the paint directly into the gesso/pumice mixture and apply a toned ground in one step. Experiment with adding more pumice (or marble dust, or quartz) to the gesso mixture to see how rough a surface you can create that may serve your needs for specific paintings.

8. Untape your dry, tinted board from the table or floor and tape to a back board, such as foam core, to keep it from warping.

9.Use a grade of fine sandpaper to smooth and even the surface to the desired texture