Medium and Hard Pastels

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Medium and Hard Pastels


Firmer to work with than soft pastels, medium and hard pastels contain less pigment and more binder, making them slightly less vibrant than soft pastels — but this doesn’t mean they’re of a lesser quality. Because they’re stronger, medium and hard pastels can be used to make crisp lines and add fine details to pastel paintings. What’s more, they’re more break-resistant and produce less dust. Often available in pencil form as well, medium and hard pastels can be sharpened, making them ideal for outlining, adding intricate details, or as an underpainting for other types of media, including soft pastels. Choose from many colorful pastels and chalk pastels.