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Sennelier uses only the purest pigments, mixed with minimal amounts of natural binders, in an exclusive formula that yields lightfast, water-soluble pastels. There is just enough binder to hold the pigment together as the pastels are formed by hand, placed in special molds, and allowed to air dry. No fillers or clays are used.
Sennelier soft pastels are highly concentrated and so soft that a gentle stroke will deliver a solid, powerful line of brilliant color. Sticks are 2½" long × ½" in diameter (64 mm × 13 mm).
Gift Idea —Delight the artist in your life with a set of Sennelier Pastels. Sennelier Pastels are available in a variety of gift boxes, from the economical half stick sets to more complete and specialized sets. See Sennelier Soft Pastel Sets for pictures and more detailed specifications of these sets.
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.
Warning — These products may contain Titanium Dioxide which is a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer. Pending confirmation from the manufacturer, we are labeling these products with the Prop 65 icon. As we learn more, we’ll update this page.
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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My Favorite soft pastels
By sweet pea
Comments about Sennelier Soft Pastels:
I love these pastels. They are softer and smoother than most.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A joy to use
from New Hampshire
Comments about Sennelier Soft Pastel Sets:
The colors in these pastels are gorgeous: vibrant, glowing, consistent. I am enjoying the soft texture and smooth strokes. The half-sticks are a savings, but do run down quickly -- a perfect size for experimentation, which is what I am doing, but too small for major works.
Finishing up on a painting was made easy with these.
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By Prussian blue
Sennelier offers a good selection of colors but the sticks are much more brittle than other brands. Most of the pastel sticks arrived broken and two had pieces of the sticks missing altogether. The waxed paper wrapping on the sticks is impossible to remove without further damaging the pastel itself. Blick requests a minimum order of six pastels due to packaging concerns but the pastels arrived packed oddly and one box contained a single pastel. I will choose another brand of pastel in the future.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Truly Soft Pastels
By Angy the Grunt
from Buffalo Valley, TN
My Sennelier pastels define the term "soft" permitting each stroke of varying pressure to deposit the desired richness of pigment. The foam storage slots allow ease of pastel extraction and return by elastically adjusting to changes in fit of fractured pastels and fingers. When painting with, for example wet media, my palette at most may include ultramarine, phthalo, cerulean, and manganese blues. Then, I have to progressively tint them until experimentally attaining the value sought. With my 525 color pastel set, I am able to quickly scan all the blues in all their values, find the one I need, and almost instantly apply the exact color and value to the shape I am working. This is a complete "painters delight!"
Sennelier Soft Pastels
from Chestnutridge, MO
As a pastel artist I can recommend Sennelier soft pastels for their vibrant pigment and color range. They are soft, creamy in most cases and work well on; watercolor hot press paper, pastel paper, sanded pastel paper and pastel boards. They can be used in mixed mediums. Some hues seem softer and the black has a bit of a sandy feel, but over all I love this product.
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Nice, soft pastels. Spread and blend easily with a very nice color choice. Work well with other pastels as a final layer, also great used alone for a full painting.
from Boston suburb
fast shipping at the height of the holiday rush and everything was packages to survive shipping
Great service/quality pastels
from Schenectady NY
These soft pastels flow and blend beautifully. You need to use a light hand on toothy paper to make them last. The pastels arrived safely but two colors crumbled easily when I tried to remove them. Another couple of colors were very hard but still worked OK.
I Recomend Soft Sennelier Pastel Sticks
from Geneseo, Illinois
These 11 Sennelier soft pastel sticks I purchased were selected to fill in the the various sets I have acquired with some needed subtle, light tints. Not sure if they are colors tinted to nearly a white or a white tinted with a color. Regardless, their color fit is very useful to achieve a contrast of values. And the softness allows in some cases, the ability to overlay the value without the application of a fixative. Some describe their application has a buttery feel. I would agree.Sometimes I apply these first, then drag/draw a hard stick over the application of the Sennelier pastel to blend or just draw-out into un-applied territory for a fading effect.If you are using a sanded paper, then applying these over a harder stick might be useful, though I have had limited experience with sanded paper. I generally prefer a heavy, 'normal' sketch paper/stock or a watercolor stock which I can blend color more effectively.I consider most pastels, each in a class of their own because they seem to serve their own purpose, so my "really nice" quality grade is the highest I can give.
While Sennelier Soft Pastels were originally created for Edgar Degas, these beautiful100% pure pigment sticks are available for those who want brilliant color and velvety smooth lay-down.
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