- PanPastel is highly Pigmented loaded with the highest quality artists pigment
- Professional quality & Excellent Lightfastness
- They are easy to control and pastel colours can be applied and mixed(dry) like paint
- The pan format and their ultra-soft formulation means that PanPastel Colors blend beautifully for an infinite palette of colours.
- Artists can achieve a variety of marks & layers – from transparent to intense
- Adding white – changes the colour by tinting it, making it more opaque
- Layering – applying thinner layers and glazing layers allows colours underneath to show through
- Colours can also be applied in heavier layers on textured papers for more opaque effects
- Many layers can be built up without flooding the papers tooth
- PanPastel is a very forgiving medium to use – use any eraser to correct mistakes or remove the colour. An eraser can also be used to create highlights and for subtractive drawing techniques.
- Mixed Media friendly. Compatible with other artist’s media and almost any art & craft surface (even thin delicate papers as there is no bleed-through or buckling because PanPastel is dry colour).
- Instant Colour – No preparation or drying time required – no solvents or water needed
- No solvents, water or other special mediums are required – use PanPastel colours “dry” for the benefits of wet paint without the hassle.
- Easy Clean Up – Clean pan gently by wiping away the contaminated surface with a paper towel
- Low Dust – For a cleaner working environment & less waste
- Using Sofft Tools it is easy to control the colour, and to achieve a wide variety of marks and effects
- Painting (with & without pastel sticks, pencils and other media
- Blend and apply dry color like fluid paint
- Great for pastel washes, backgrounds and under paintings
- Control painterly effects—from intense to delicate pastel marks
- Drawing – for sketching & blocking-in drawings
- Use for dry-in-dry techniques—mix and blend like paint
- Subtractive (reductive) techniques – tone paper with PanPastel then subtract drawing using an eraser
- Underpaintings e.g. initial sketch for paintings
- Backgrounds e.g. for coloured pencils
- Colour studies prior to painting in other media e.g. oils
- Ultra thin “glazing” layers, Panpastels will not overfill the “tooth”
- Use PanPastel to Enhance Watercolour Paintings
More on PanPastel Colors:
PanPastel Colors are genuine professional artists quality soft pastels uniquely packaged in stacking and interlocking pans. These are the softest pastels in the world.
PanPastels were developed to provide a dry colour medium that works like a fluid paint. With PanPastels, artists can lift, apply and control pastel (dry) colour just like paint. PanPastel are packed in a format that is very convenient.
The unique pan format holds colour like paint for easy application. The plastic pan keeps colours separate and clean in the studio and when transporting them. The pans thread / interlock securely together for compact storage. Each base is labelled for easy colour identification with a colour name and number, making it easy to access and organize the colours. The label, with colour name and number, remains with the colour pan for easy identification.
Palette Trays are also available. These functional palettes are the ideal way to hold PanPastel in use, and also makes storage of the colours quick and easy.
PanPastel Colors are made using a unique manufacturing process requiring minimal binder and fillers, resulting in rich, ultra soft, low dust and super-blendable colours. Each Colour is loaded with the finest professional quality artists pigments for the most concentrated colours possible. The colours have excellent lightfastness and are fully erasable. PanPastel Colors offer at least 4-5 times more coverage than average artist pastel sticks.
***Pans contain 9ml of colour –40% more material than the average pastel stick*, yielding at least 4-5 times more coverage than sticks.
*[Average, based on a survey of leading brands]
PanPastel Colors are fully compatible with traditional pastel sticks, pastel surfaces and conventional fixatives. Although it is not essential, any pastel fixative / varnish spray can be used to protect PanPastel artwork. Whether or not to use fixative and the technique chosen depends on personal preference, the working method and the surface. They can be mixed, blended, layered and applied like paint for an infinite palette of colours.
Artists are not only using PanPastel for traditional painting and drawing techniques, they are also being used for countless mixed media techniques as well, since they work well with pastel sticks, markers, pencils and other artists colours and mediums. An important characteristic of PanPastel Colors is that they work well on many different surfaces – from very low tooth to high tooth (from delicate surfaces through to toothy pastel (sand-paper) surfaces and everything in between). Experiment with a range of drawing papers, pastel papers, canvas, vellum, watercolour papers, print-making papers, cardstock, digital/ink-jet papers (matt) or art boards. PanPastel Colors will not cause lightweight papers to “buckle” being a dry medium, and the Sofft sponge tools are gentle on delicate papers such as Japanese handmade papers.
With PanPastel, it is possible to create more painterly effects. The artist can apply controlled marks, from intense to delicate – ultra thin glazing layers and veils of colour. It is possible to block in large areas of colour in seconds, for backgrounds, underpainting, and tinting paper. PanPastels clean up easily.
PanPastels are available in sets which include a selection of colours and Sofft Tools, specifically developed for use with PanPastels. Sofft Tools can also be used with most water-based art and craft materials to create a variety of exciting new techniques, marks and effects. Finished effects are different to brushes as the brush stroke is eliminated.
Not for cosmetic use.