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Great American Art Works’ owner is a chemist, and his initial research into pastel production focused on the materials and methods of established companies. He soon discovered that old techniques produced old pastels! By employing new materials, techniques, and equipment, he eventually discovered the right combination of ingredients and methods.
Today, Great American Art Works handmade soft pastels are recognized the world over for their excellence. Richly pigmented, these pastels have superb brilliance of tone. Each pastel measures approximately 2½" × ½" (65 mm × 13 mm).
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.
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.
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Great service, great products
from Sulphur, Oklahoma
Comments about Great American Art Works Pastels:
I have utilized this product for years and always find consistent quality. Thank you, Tommye Wilhite
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good for Finishing Touches
By Tree Painter
from Medford, Oregon
I was almost finished with an autumn scene when I realized I needed some very subdued golden yellows in the distance. Since these trees were in the background, I needed texture that was so soft I could use a very light touch, yet have plenty of pigment. Great American pastels fit the bill. They are also useful to me for negative painting such as sky holes or carving out trees. Other artists I know use this brand for the whole painting.
OK for particular purposes
By Pearl Girl
#sweepstakesI am just a hobby artist but I own nearly every brand of soft pastels. I find these Great American soft pastels to be nearly greasy. They often smear when applied. Still, I like some of the colors and I particularly use some of the yellows on the horizon. I think they are generally too expensive. Even though I do use Great American at times, I would not generally recommend them.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Great American Pastel yellow used on horizon
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Like 'em lots
These pastels are soft, creamy and a great shape. Rectangular edges are nice for fine details. Chunkier, they are easy to hold. Great for finishing touches.
Great American Pastels - high quality at a fair price
from Windsor, CO
The perfect soft pastel for painting. It blends easily and the colors are full bodied.
Rich color, good addition to palette
By Pastel Painter of 5 years
from Cape May, NJ
Rich colors, good quality soft pastels, buying individual pastel sticks from Blick is a great addition to my palette.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
My favorite pastels
Medium soft, excellent range of hues
Nice for bright spots and highlights
Small area accents
Great choice for beginner pastel painters
from Evanston, Illinois
My first pastel purchase was the Blick's Artist's Soft Pastels and i found them to be too hard. Next, I purchased a few sticks of Sennelier and Schmincke and they were wonderful but sticks were small. And then i purchased some Great American sticks and loved them. You get a bigger stick so more color for your money. And they layer really well.
Good price for great product!
from Toston, MT
I really like the Great American Art Works brand. You can buy sets put together by popular artists, which is interesting. They also sell single sticks, so you can build your inventory of colors over time. I like the square shape. They are not the softest pastels out there, but meet most of my needs.
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