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Great American Art Works’ owner is a chemist, and his initial research into pastel production focused on the materials and methods of established companies. He soon discovered that old techniques produced old pastels! By employing new materials, techniques, and equipment, he eventually discovered the right combination of ingredients and methods.
Today, Great American Art Works handmade soft pastels are recognized the world over for their excellence. Richly pigmented, these pastels have superb brilliance of tone. Each pastel measures approximately 2½" × ½" (65 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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Best-value Ultrasoft Pastels
from Rhode Island
Comments about Great American Art Works Pastels:
Very comparable to Terry Ludwigs for most choices, and somewhat better-priced. These are some of my favorite pastels.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Better packaging needed
The pastels are great...very soft, but many arrived broken (useable, but broken). A better packaging method would be helpful.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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By Gerry art
from Tasmania Australia
I used these iridescent pastels to add a hint of sheen to parts of my paintings. With a love of colour and working from dark to light this pastels fit the bill - I love the softness of these pastels a beautiful range of colours couldn't be happier with my purchase.
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Pears n Gold
By Paris mousse
from Southeastern Michigan
My pastels teacher encouraged me to buy this brand, as all around best, so I used my birthday gift certificate to buy Great American pastels.The delivery time was excellent. One stick came broken, and Dick Blick immediately replaced it.
from Southern New Mexico
I'm an amatuer doing mostly landscapes and structures. Great American is the softest and most vibrant pastel I have used. GREAT for underpainting and larger areas, not so much for detail. Bit on the pricey side.
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Great service, great products
from Sulphur, Oklahoma
I have utilized this product for years and always find consistent quality. Thank you, Tommye Wilhite
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good for Finishing Touches
By Tree Painter
from Medford, Oregon
I was almost finished with an autumn scene when I realized I needed some very subdued golden yellows in the distance. Since these trees were in the background, I needed texture that was so soft I could use a very light touch, yet have plenty of pigment. Great American pastels fit the bill. They are also useful to me for negative painting such as sky holes or carving out trees. Other artists I know use this brand for the whole painting.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
OK for particular purposes
By Pearl Girl
#sweepstakesI am just a hobby artist but I own nearly every brand of soft pastels. I find these Great American soft pastels to be nearly greasy. They often smear when applied. Still, I like some of the colors and I particularly use some of the yellows on the horizon. I think they are generally too expensive. Even though I do use Great American at times, I would not generally recommend them.
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Great American Pastel yellow used on horizon
Like 'em lots
These pastels are soft, creamy and a great shape. Rectangular edges are nice for fine details. Chunkier, they are easy to hold. Great for finishing touches.
Great American Pastels - high quality at a fair price
from Windsor, CO
The perfect soft pastel for painting. It blends easily and the colors are full bodied.
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