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Assorted Sauce is a cross between a soft pastel and a Conté crayon. It combines high-quality pigment with Chasov Yar clay and industrial carbon for a velvety smooth drawing crayon.
The set of ten colors includes Black, Gray, Light Gray, Brown, Gray-Green, Gray-Azure, Warm Gray, Ochre, Bistre, and White. It's packaged in a varnished wooden box.
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Comments about Yarka Assorted Sauce Classic Drawing Crayons:
I learned about this material on a Russian website VK and I couldn't wait to try it. When I unwrapped the parcel I learned that some of chalks were broken but it doesn't affect it's value. You break them before using anyway. Sauce slightly differs from soft pastels. It was used by great artists since 18th century. These days it became unpopular. The texture of this material is velvety and has special blink. I need some more time to be able to tell more about sauce but I am sure I will love it! It can be used for dry and wet techniques. I hope one day I'll be able to attach some pictures to this review. The only one disadvantage is that after adding taxes and postal costs it became pretty expensive especially if you think that in Russia a box like this costs about 2USD.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I discovered sauce on a Russian website and got very exited about trying it. This material was used by artist since 18th century. Nowadays it lost popularity, almost forgotten. It's texture differs from soft pastels. Sauce is more velvety and has special blink. Can be used for dry and wet techniques as well. I need some more time to get to know this material better.The only one disadvantage is the price. At first it doesn't sound expensive but after adding taxes and posting cost you realize that it is. Especially if you know that in Russia one sauce box price is about 2USD.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Greensboro NC
These sticks are very nice and work as expected.Delighted to add them to my toolbox of artistic tools.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Dry and brittle
from Boston, ma
I love the colors but they are described as silky smooth and I find them anything but. They are dry and brittle and most are just falling apart on me. I don't know if I got a bad batch or something, but I'm not getting much use out of them and have had to throw a bunch away already as they crumble into tiny unusable pieces.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)
Wonderful pastel ground
By Diana B.
from Berkeley, CA
I learned about sauce from a wonderful drawing teacher, who ground up sticks of sauce in an electric coffee grinder and mixed the resulting powder with water, forming a loose slop that he then poured onto watercolor paper. I use sandpaper to powder my sauce sticks and sprinkle the powder straight from the sandpaper onto wet watercolor paper. Then I use a ratty, splayed paintbrush to smear the powdered sauce and water. This process creates a delightfully messy, active background for drawings in pastel, charcoal, or colored pencil. To add a bit more color, I sometimes scrape a conventional pastel stick on the same sandpaper and sprinkle that over the wet sauce. (But there has to be more sauce than pastel, or the effect won't be permanent.) Sauce deserves to be better known, because it produces fascinating effects with little effort. In fact, the artists in my drawing group have started asking me about sauce after seeing the sauced-up paper I bring to our sessions. I just wish sauce came in more colors.
Images shared by Diana B.
Here's a drawing with a very saucy background.
Tags: Made with Product
Use the rattiest brush you can find!
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Just what I was looking for
from Naugatuck, CT
Mix this product with water and you can achieve fantastic tonal washes that can still be erased if you so desire. I use it on MDF panels and it works great. I love this stuff and would recommend it over and over again.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Drawing Crayons
By Boss Panda
from Chicago suburbs
Perfect for doing value sketches.
(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Unique Drawing Crayons
from Morris IL
I have been using these drawing crayons for years, and can't say enough good things about them. They take well to toothed surfaces, & if you like subtle earthy colors, these are a great alternative to compressed pastels/charcoals. They come in a nice little wooden storage box, & the price is great too!
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