Rembrandt Soft Pastel Sets – Royal Talens

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Rembrandt soft pastels have been the world’s most commonly used pastel for many years. Each colour in the extensive range is made according to a unique formula. The raw materials used for each new batch go through very strict quality control. Rembrandt soft pastels are based on the purest types of kaolin and high concentrations of premium-quality pigments that offer the highest degrees of lightfastness.

Product features:

  • Excellent colour release.
  • Intense and pure colours.
  • Good to the highest degree of lightfastness.
  • Very high colouring power due to the high concentration of pigment.
  • Intermixable with many different materials.
  • Free of pigments based on the metals lead, cadmium and cobalt.


Available Sets:

  • General Selection Starter Set of 15 Half Pastels.
  • General Selection Starter Set of 15 Whole Pastels.
  • General Selection Basic Wooden Box Set of 30 Half Pastels.
  • General Selection Set of 30 Whole Pastels.
  • General Selection Set of 45 Whole Pastels.
  • General Selection Master Set of 60 Whole Pastels & 60 Half Pastels. 
  • General Selection Master Wooden Box Set of 150 Whole Pastels. 


  • Landscape Selection Set of 30 Whole Pastels.
  • Landscape Selection Traditional Wooden Box Set of 45 Whole Pastels.
  • Landscape Selection Professional Set of 90 Whole Pastels.


  • Portrait Selection Set of 30 Whole Pastels.
  • Portrait Selection Professional Set of 90 Whole Pastels.



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Known for generations as one of the world’s most popular soft pastels, Rembrandt pastels occupy a distinct and important segment of most pastel painters’ processes.

While not as hard as carre pastels (extra hard pastels that are less brittle and produce less dust), and not as soft as some of the finishing pastels on the market, Rembrandts are known for their medium softness, their density and consistency. Often called “the workhorse” of the pastel category, this is specifically because of this density and medium touch.  Soft enough to easily release colour, but hard enough to draw a sharp line, keep an edge and build multiple layers, the versatility is nearly endless.

Crafted in the Netherlands on a very specialized small extrusion machine, these pastels are uniform in their shape and size and do not crumble, holding their shape.  The recipe varies based on the pigment used but is the most simple of any product in their range.  Pure pigments, and just enough Kaolin clay to hold the pigment together, there is nothing more simple and nothing with as many possibilities as a pastel.

Because of the purity, and solubility of Kaolin clay, these pastels can be rendered into powder, allowing the artist to render a watercolour paint by just adding gum arabic, acrylic paints can be made by adding this to an acrylic binder, or oil paint by mixing into a drying oil, like linseed or safflower oil.

Each Rembrandt pastel has a unique code that makes the colour range easy to navigate:

  • The first three colour numbers are the colour indicator: 205 – Mars Violet (PR101 pigment code)
  • From there, the pure pigment is indicated with a 0.5 suffix: 205.5
  • As more white is added, the suffix number increases, depending on the colour up to 12.
  • As more black is added, the shades are indicated with lower numbers, all the way down to 0.2, which is the lowest value Rembrandt create, available in 15 new colours.

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Set of 15 (Half Pastels), Set of 15 (Whole Pastels), Set of 150 (Whole Pastels), Set of 30 (Half Pastels), Set of 30 (Whole Pastels), Set of 45 (Whole Pastels), Set of 60 (Whole Pastels) + 60 (Half Pastels), Set of 90 (Whole Pastels)


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