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Diane Townsend’s palette of Soft Form pastels encompasses both classical artists’ colors and an exotic and vivid range of modern pigments and mixes based on observation of color in nature and in paintings ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary art.
Included are a specialty range of dark hues and off blacks; metallic, pearlescent and iridescent colors; and many grays and mauves mixed in such a way to give off a silvery light rather than being dull and flat.
All Soft Form pastels are formed by hand into pleasing one-of-a-kind sticks that contain no chalks or fillers. Each color is available in a range of hues that includes both light and dark shades.
Individual pastels measure 1¾" long × ½" wide × ½" thick (44 mm × 13 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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wonderful soft pastels
from Paris, France
Comments about Townsend Artists’ Soft Form Pastels:
These soft pastels have a wonderful buttery feel, yet they're not as likely to crumble as some of their fellow buttery soft pastel brands I use. (Except for the metallics that are absolutely beautiful but quite crumbly; I would advise artists to leave the paper wrap on these).Plus some shades are absolutely unique and can't be found elsewhere ( the moody purples she makes are one of a kind, and the perlescent and metallic colors just don't exist in this quality in any other brand that I know). I love them, they were really worth trying and I'll definitely buy more! It's also great that DickBlick has them in open stock.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Pastels came in great shape and very high quatity.
from Middlebury, VT
I definitely would buy this product again. Colors are rich and buttery and work well on different surfaces.
Towsend Soft Form
By Percheron Princess
from New York
Not too soft, just right!
By Art Teacher
from Atlanta GA
Beautiful Colors and excellent coverage
AS an international customer from Australia I find Dick Blick has a great variety of art supplies to choose from and great to deal with also.. Love the Townsend pastels which I cant get here in Australia pity though she has discontinued some of the green shades in iridescent that I use..
DIANE TOWNSEND #10 WHITE
By PATTY'S ART
I RECENTLY TOOK A PASTEL WORKSHOP AND WAS AMAZED AT THE COVERAGE AND BRILLIANCE I GOT WITH THE DIANE TOWNSEND #10 WHITE. IT HAS THE BEST BRILLIANCE I HAVE SEEN IN ANY PASTEL WHITES.
I love the rich texture of these pastels on paper, especially papers without sanding. I use mostly BFK Rives
from Vancouver WA
If you want brilliant deep colors in your work these are the ones to get. The word pastel implies "pale".I can't evenn the cat put them that category because the pigments are brilliant.
I would buy this product again. Love the texture
By Pearl Girl
#SweepstakesExcellent soft pastels. They are smooth on the paper and have great color. They are expensive but all high end soft pastels are expensive. I will purchase again.
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