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Diane Townsend’s palette of Soft Form pastels encompasses both classical artists’ colors and an exotic and vivid range of modern pigments and mixes based on observation of color in nature and in paintings ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary art.
Included are a specialty range of dark hues and off blacks; metallic, pearlescent and iridescent colors; and many grays and mauves mixed in such a way to give off a silvery light rather than being dull and flat.
All Soft Form pastels are formed by hand into pleasing one-of-a-kind sticks that contain no chalks or fillers. Each color is available in a range of hues that includes both light and dark shades.
Individual pastels measure 1¾" long × ½" wide × ½" thick (44 mm × 13 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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Open stock means being able to replace colors individually as you use them up, protecting the value and completeness of your sets.
Open stock means being able to pick and choose colors across different color lines to create the working palette you choose.
Open stock is a service that Dick Blick offers on the finest artist grade paints, pastels, markers, pencils, and more. Tell all your artist friends that Dick Blick has open stock.
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from Sequim, WA
Comments about Townsend Artists’ Soft Form Pastels:
I had tried the Diane Townsend terrages before and loved them, so it is no surprise that I love these as well. They are gritty, chroma packed pieces of YUM. Every paste list ought to try these!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Creamy and very soft pastel
from New Jersey
I use many brands of pastels, but I find this brand to be best for my final layers. They are so soft and creamy that they blend in nicely over my underpainting.
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Once again... wow
Once again I ordered from Blick art materials... Bought some individuals Townsend soft pastels. Delivered before the due date ! Were packaged perfectly ! Those pastels are like velours or cream ! Colours are rich and vibrant. Try them once... you will ask for more.
Simply the best
Metallic pastels.... WOW... Embellish your drawings in a subtle but very efficient way. This product feels like velour on paper. It is a "must". Essential complement to any set of pastels.
Great selection on open pastels!
from Portland, OR
I'm new to pastels and already have a large set to get started. However, I needed those certain colors that I love to "fill in" and Dick Blick is one of the few places I could fine where they offer open stock. So glad to have found this. I was able to use a coupon as well and that made their prices a bit better than anyone else.
These are beautiful pastels. The colors are vibrant and rich. They feel wonderful to work with. One of my favorites to work with.
By Jack of all trades.
from Belchertown, MA.
These soft pastels are so beautiful they take your breath away. I ordered just a few in the softest colors.m. Will order more.
Buttery and beautiful
By Jack of all trades
from Belchertown, MA
These pastels are in such beautiful colors and as buffers soft as they come. Love them. Will add to the ones I bought definitely.
Love these pastel
from Dublin, Tx
My first time to use these pastels, I am very happy with the quality and feel. They lay down very nicely on my Pastelmat paper.
Great customer service
from New York, NY
I love these pastels! I've used them before, was running low, and my local store didn't have the colors I needed. Blick's stepped in and voila!
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