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Over a decade ago, in the hills of Northumberland, England, artist John Hersey began hand-making his own pastels. Gently hand-rolled and air-dried, each stick is as much an organic sculpture as it is a tool. Look closely at a stick and you may see the fine lines and fingerprints imparted by the pastels' creator. Each pastel takes on the tapered shape of the bowl of the maker's palms.
Hersey's unique color formulations contain only pure pigments in a cycle of related hues, instead of adding white or black to the colors. The result is intense, vibrant color application not muddied by the blending of colors. The color range is sublime overall and at moments astonishing.
Unison's pastels contain very little binder, making them truly soft and smooth. Pastels measure approximately 2-1/8" long × 5/8" diameter (54 mm × 16 mm). Sticks vary slightly due to the hand-making process.
Gift Idea — A variety of special combination Unison sets are available. See Unison Handmade Pastel Sets for pictures and more detailed specifications of these sets.
No Minimum Order — Many of our pastel lines require a minimum order of 6 pastels, however Unison pastels can be ordered individually.
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 Belleview, Florida
Comments about Unison Handmade Pastel Sets:
After a long layoff from artwork, I've been getting back into pastels and trying different brands. The Unison are really nice with some great color choices. I picked up the portrait set and shadow colors and have the light 8 piece set on the way. Fits in very nice with the other pastel sets I have.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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love the UNISONS
from Delaware, Ohio
the best pastels made
Great set for Plein Air
from Kansas City
The set of 63 1/2 sticks is a great way to expand your colors in this brand and makes a nice set to take to a workshop or out for plein air adventures. Highly reccommend!
Always dependably excellent!
By Gail Pastel
from Weatherford, Texas
Among pastels of high quality, Unison is my favorite. I love the consistency and the deepness of color. It never disappoints, whether on paper or board.
Unison Pastels-John's Colors
from Toledo, OH
In this set I love the bright oranges and the variety of blues. I also appreciate the thickness of the pastels, as they are easier on my hand than other brands.
from Portland OR
This stuff is the best. It was time for a higher quality pastel and these are it!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Katy, Texas
So excited about the depth of colors of each of the sticks in the starter kit. I'm able to blend with lighter pastels and not lose the strength of the color I want.
Absolutely great produce
The Unison Pastels lend themselves to blurring beautifully. Put several color on paper and rub a Kleenex over the colors and magic begins to happen. I am also impressed with the variety of colors in the 72 color box.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Unison Pastels are good pastels
By Lightning Mom
from Priest River, ID
I haven't used pastels in years but was pleasantly surprised how much I like them when I started using these pastels. They were a pleasure to use and may now have me once again into pastels!!! And I'm talking 50 years since I last used pastels!!
from Willow Street, PA
These are becoming my go to pastels, I like the way they go onto my paper, and have great selection of greens.
Unison Pastels were created by an artist for artists. These uniquely soft and highly pigmented sticks are individually rolled which eliminates hard spots and provides consistent texture and color.
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