Pastel is considered both a drawing and a painting medium, combining the best of both worlds. It offers rich color and painterly effects without the hassle of wet media. It is versatile in appearance; you can create delicate strokes, bold strokes, soft blends, rough textures, or airy sketches. Because pastel involves no drying time, the colors stay as true as the moment you stroke, making it perfect for the spontaneous artist who treasures immediate results.


Pastels are powdered pigment mixed with a binder of methyl cellulose, gum arabic, or gum tragacanth. They are available in both hard and soft varieties, with the softer ...

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