Pastels

Schmincke Soft Pastels

Working with Schmincke’s finest extrasoft pastels leads you back to the origin of colour and is a real painting experience rather than simple drawing.

They contain only the purest medium fine ground artists’ pigments, which are in the highest possible concentration. Contrastingly, the binding agent content, is kept to a minimum, which ensures a stable compound. In order to guarantee the highest quality it is necessary to manufacture Schmincke pastels using special recipes which avoid the use of machinery during manufacture.
Homogenous in quality and smoothness so that the artist can be assured that his favourite colour shade is consistant throughout our range of finest extra-soft artists’ pastel colours.
The complete assortment includes 400 colours classified in 80 rows with 5 colours each. The range contains also 5 additional pearl lustre effect colours.

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Conté à Paris Colour

The Conté à Paris Colour carré crayons give accurate and energetic strokes when the edges of the sticks are used, and artists can produce flat areas by using the flat of the crayon to create the values.

Colour Crayons, also referred to as Conté à Paris carrés, are harder than pastels or charcoals.

This hardness creates crisp, tight lines rather than the more smudged look of pastel and charcoal.

They are produced from a highly rigorous choice of pigments, clay and a binder. They are then baked after being extruded and dried. Conté à Paris crayons can be held in many ways, which allows for a multitude of different angles.

An example is using the “ at edge” of the crayon and varying the pressure (the greater the pressure on the crayon, the denser the colour that will be obtained). By holding the crayon upright or slightly slanted, fine and accurate lines can be created.

Sennelier

In 1949, Parisian painter Henri GOETZ approached Henri Sennelier the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax colour stick for his friend

Pablo PICASSO.

Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking.
Their collaboration produced the incomparable Sennelier oil pastels. Originally available in a palette of classic hues, the colour selection was expanded with the addition of metallic and iridescent hues.
Beyond these classic hues a selection of unique shades is available, and in particular a gradation of greys, required for a balanced palette.

This evolution is the fruit of a long-standing collaboration with European and North American painters, who have worked with our company in developing an exceptional palette of shades.
The Sennelier oil pastel is a product that makes use of the components used in all Sennelier colours: top quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium and mineral wax.

The pigments are ground with an inert, non-siccative binding medium that does not oxidise and that has no effect upon either film stability or surface. This base is then mixed with wax (neutral pH).

The balance of this mix provides Sennelier oil pastels with a unique unctuousness and a creamy texture that allows for a great deal of freedom in pictorial expression.

The Sennelier oil pastels possess an extraordinarily high pigment content, thus providing them with a high colouring and covering potential, excellent brightness and a high degree of light stability (with the exception of metallic and fluorescent shades).

The remarkable properties of these components, along with their precise dosage, provide Sennelier oil pastels with unique properties, making the brand a world-recognised reference.