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Cretacolor hard pastels have been recognized by artists all over the world for their brilliant colors and high pigmentation. Their square shape lends itself well to painting both large surfaces and small details.
They are characterized by especially soft, oil-free strokes. All color shades are mixable, wipeable, and soluble. A fixative spray coat is recommended when hard pastels are applied to most paper surfaces.
The complete range of 72 colors includes Cretacolor's brown and gray chalks in 12 shades —browns, cool and warm grays, white, and black.These expressive art materials have traditionally been appreciated for the variety of shades they can createin working with the other colors. They are the same colors and pigments available in Cretacolor Fine Art Pastel Pencils.
Mixing hard pastels, or smudging or combining them with brown and gray chalks, can create special color effects. Experiment with water and different paper surfaces.
Hard pastels are much less dusty than soft pastels. Square pastels are especially easy to handle and store. Individual sticks measure 2¾" long by ¼" square (70 mm × 6 mm).
Minimum Order —Please order individual pastels (open stock) in a minimum of 6, so that we can efficiently package and ship your order.Your selection may be assorted to meet this requirement.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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from New Milford, CT
Comments about Cretacolor Pastel Carré Hard Pastel Sets:
These are great for doing tonal studies and also plein air.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good Quality & Lively Colors
from Western North Carolina
This is my first try at using the harder pastels (other than pencils), and I find them very good for adding details and working on the backgrounds of my pastel paintings.
great fully saturated color and good for detail work
By Banjo's Mom
Best in category for detail work. Awesome
Much more subtle than charcoal
I use PanPastels to pre-tone paper with midtone then draw by erasing to lighter values and using square crayons (Cretacolor bt also Conte and Faber-Castell)for darks.
from Hobart, Tasmania Australia
Not a bad pastel stick but it would be even better with lightfast ratings.
from brentwood tn
Best suited for drawing and rough shading. Holds a point better than Nupastel. Can't really layer onto soft pastel without disturbing the surface of the form. I knew what I was getting and they perform as expected therefore 5 stars.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Feels like there's a subtle change to it
from Kolkata, India
I've previously reviewed this product... specifically, Cretacolor's 'natural' or 'landscape' colors in the square, hard pastel set. I had purchased it a number of years ago, and most of it is worn down, especially the browns. Which is why I've recently purchased their 'brown hard pastels' set. And it is here that I found the subtle working difference which is less than to my liking. Compared to the previous set - the pastels are less hard, which does make a difference when you're drawing. I had to adjust finger pressure considerably or else the lines become thicker and denser. The pigment dispersal and its brilliance are just as good, but now I feel less comfortable doing detailed work with this, being relatively softer. Secondly, and this may be a tad subjective (but then all experiences are like that), I find them just a little less water soluble than my previous purchase. I wonder if Cretacolor's scientists have made some conscious change to the product. If so, at least in my humble opinion, I'd love to have that old 'feel' of these wonderfully versatile hard pastels back!Regards,Prosenjit Roy
Watersoluble, rich pigments, lasts long
By Prosenjit Roy
I've been using the landscape set for quite a while now, and because I'm not a landscape-artist, I use it to draw figures and portraits. I love that it's watersoluble, the pigments are rich, and being hard - the strokes are easy to control. I can get quite a thin line using the hard, square edges if I wish to, or a broad, flat stroke using the sides. The browns and ochers, in my opinion, are richer than the blues. In general, the pigments disperse well with a wet brush. I intend to purchase their portrait set soon.
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Water-wash used in drapery and background
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Use of thin, expressive lines
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely colors and easy to use
from Desert Hot Springs, CA
This set is really nice and there are plenty of grays as well as all the colors. I'm a new pastelist, so I can't say this is the best ever. I haven't tried it with water.The compartments are not tight, so the colors can fall out, and the cardboard supports are loose, compounding the problem. So I taped it all down and the sticks are much more secure.I've uploaded a photo. In my camera it is clear enough that I can zoom in and see all the color names, in case you're interested.
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72 Set showing colors and names
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent product for the price.
from Vancouver, BC
Absolutely love these things, perfect on there own, under soft pastels, or over a watercolour base. Only drawback is that they could stand to have a few more light and mid range portrait tones,and a greater degree of subdued naturalistic yellows and greens (although this is a critique I give pretty much every pastel line). I find them somewhat comparable to conte crayons in application, although a great deal dustier.
Cretacolor has an impressive line of watersoluble products including briques, pencils, crayons and pastels. All of these products perform wonderfully as drawing tools — but become fluid and even more brilliant when you add water. This video defines the various attributes of Cretacolor's Aqua Briques, Aqua Stics, Aqua Monolith Pencils, Marino Watercolor Pencils and Carré Pastels.
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