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Diane Townsend Terrages pastels were originally developed to meet the desires of pastel painter Wolf Kahn. Each contains finely ground pumice stone that plows into the paper, creating a toothy surface on which to transfer complex layers of color and create a luminous sensation of depth and space.
Terrages are formed into substantial rectangular slabs that can accept a more forceful application without crumbling. Made from the purest pigments available, they contain no chalks or fillers. Each pleasing, one-of-a-kind pastel measures approximately 1-3/4" long × 1" wide × 1/4" thick (44 mm × 25 mm × 6 mm). Individual colors are available in several shades.
Gift Idea — A variety of Townsend Terrages Pastel Sets are available. See Townsend Terrages 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.
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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good deal when on sale
By Solo Canoer
from Adirondack Mountains, NY
Comments about Townsend Terrages Pastel Sets:
I like these pastels to use for areas that need the rough textures that will overcome the very soft pastels underneath. They will scratch out the under-pastels without damaging the paper. Heavily pigmented too.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The most beautiful pastels I have used!
from Bend, Oregon
The colors are muted and very rich, perfect for landscape drawing!
The white one I ordered was broken in half and in particles
from Brighton, Co
Use soft pastels with pastel pencil drawings,like the white.The first order I received, had No items in it, was shipped another and found the white one broken.
Planning to purchase more!!!
from Kalispell, Montana
These pastels feel like they flow on the paper with very little effort. They work with you, not against you. Great product.. They do break up easy but I can deal with that.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Cleveland, oh
Very intense color. I apply Townsend pastels with a piece of unoiled chamois, rubbing the chamois on the pastel and then applying the chamois to the artwork
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Would not recommend
from Cincinnati, OH
I found the Townsend pastels to crumble into pieces with even the slightest amount of pressure on the drawing paper whether using the tip or broad side of the pastel. Some of the sticks are gritty and scratch the paper rather than leaving a mark. The colors of any marks achieved are strong and rich but controlling the markmaking is difficult because of the fragility and inconsistent quality of the pastels.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Terrages pastels are soft in nature and contain pumice designed to scratch into the surface. A member of our Customer Care team will be contacting you to see if we can assist you further.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
In love with Terrages
By Kathy JF
from The Woodlands, TX
I bought just one Terrages pastel to see how they work--and now I am in love and can't wait to get more! I wanted a pastel to cover larger masses faster, and this was perfect for skies in landscapes. And--I finally found the perfect color pastel for Texas skies! I was a little worried about the pumice content, but it works very well as a base color for layering and it made layering colors easy, although since the color was nearly perfect to begin with I didn't need to do very much. Covers the paper quickly and the colors can't be beat. Can't wait to get more!
Images shared by Kathy JF
The sky was done primarily with Terrages pastel #5
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Great Pastel-with Soft Form Pastels
By A Loyal Pasteler
from St Louis MO
Diane Townsend Pastels work best by laying down Terrage Pastels for the underpainting, then using the soft form Diane Townsend Pastels over the top of the Terrage Pastels. They really do work well. I am very pleased. These Pastels really help me to loosen up and do some really wonderful pastel paintings. I will order more after my Terrage and Soft Pastels are used. Heck forget that, I will order more before my Terrage and Soft Pastels are used. Diane Townsend pastels-Terrage and soft form totally rule in my book.
Great on non-pastel papers
Brilliant colors that can quickly be laid down on any paper. Because there is a grittiness to them, you have more options as to paper. I sometimes use these to fix shapes, in medium tones on watercolor paper, then go back and finish with softer pastels. Great quality, beautiful colors.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
The Best !!!!
from Nice - France
I simply love using these pastels, the colours are gorgeous, the texture is soft without being crumbly and the unusual shape very agreable to handle. Many thanks to Diane Towsend for her hard work to be able to give great pleasure to the artists.
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