At their simplest, pastels are simply sticks of pigment held together with different binders.While using them is called "painting," due to the effect created by a pastel when it is rubbed on paper, painting with pastels requires very specific techniques that are quite different from traditional painting.
Not all pastels have the same properties, so to learn how to paint with pastels you need learn about the different qualities of the pastels and the types of paper to use with them.
At Northwich Art Shop we have different grades and standards of pastels:
Derwent Pastel Pencils
Sennelier Artist Soft Pastels
Sennelier Artist Oil Pastels
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