Pastel Materials for
A set of about 60-80 pastels is plenty. Most brands are good,
but my favorites are Schmincke, Sennelier and Artworks Great
American Pastels. Great American has a 78 color assortment I
personally selected called ALAN FLATTMANN’S MASTER PALLETTE
that is ideal for landscapes and portraits.
Black, White, Ivory, Light Ochre, Salmon Pink, Orange, Light
Olive Green, Dark Green, Dark Gray, Dark Brown & Dark Blue.
(in brands such as Nupastels, Faber-Castell, Gallery or
Cretacolor). These pastels are made in narrow sticks that can be
sharpened to a point.
Two Sepia colored pencils such as made by Conte, Cretacolor
Two Conte or Cretacolor Sepia crayons.
Several sticks thin soft vine and Jumbo (1/2" thick)
soft vine charcoal. A 6B or extra soft charcoal pencil.
Several sheets of Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper in light
muted colors like pale ochre’s, browns and grays. My favorites
are the Champagne, Hemp and Pearl colors.
A few sheets of sanded papers like Wallis or UART cut about
16 x 20 to 18 x 24.
A board about 20" X 26" or large enough to hold a
full sheet of Canson paper.
I recommend, strong light weight, inexpensive boards like
¼" Lauan plywood or Gatorboard.
Sturdy light weight portable Easel such as a half size French
A sturdy Portfolio about 20" X 26" (I like the
rigid black portfolios with tie strings), Workable Fixative,
clamps and masking tape to hold paper, razor blades, kneaded
eraser, an old paint brush about 1" wide for blending and
soft paper towels like Job Squad