What is Soft Pastel?

Posted Mar 28, 2006
Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
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Soft pastels are dry sticks of pure, compressed pigment mixed with varying amounts of binder. They are anything but "pastel" in color. Indeed, pastels can create some of the purest, most brilliant color effects available. Because the pigment is laid down pure and dry, not dissolved in a wet medium, every facet of every particle is free to reflect and refract the light. A soft pastel painting can have an unrivaled depth of jewel-like color. Its shimmer and glow can arrest a viewer from across the room. A sensual pursuit for artist and observer alike, experiencing soft pastel is a lot like falling in love.

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