Handmade
Soft Pastels

Made from the finest traditional pigments.

John Hersey

The Colour Factory

Read about our 30 year journey into colour.
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Introduction To Soft Pastels

Beginners Soft Pastel Tips from Rebecca de Mendonça. If you’re new to soft pastels or have always wanted to try, this free PDF guide will help you Get Started.

This colourful guide covers all the basics, including what surface to work on, how to set up your workspace and how to clean and look after your pastels.

Rebecca then shows you how versatile soft pastels can be, helping you to master various techniques like Smudging, Hatching and Twisting.

Artist Set

'This set is designed for those wanting to steer their work out of the monochrome and into colour. It will help you see more values in your highlights, midtones and shadows. Combined with your existing collection this set will ensure you have the right shades and tints for every lighting.'​

Blendable

Because we use the best ingredients, our pastels have superior blending capabilities, used wet or dry.

Soft and Smooth

With careful use of binder, our pastels are often described as 'smooth as butter' and need no encouragement to leave their mark.

Highly Pigmented​

We use a high percentage of traditional pigments for the deepest colouration.

Lightfast

Colour that stands the test of time.

Handmade

Made, labelled and packed completely by hand. No extrusion.

Colourful Chronicles

When asked to identify the color of a shadow, it is common to respond that it would be a darker color of whatever is in shadow.  A shadow of a tree on green grass would be a darker green.  A shadow of the same tree on dirt would be a darker brown.
On two sides looking out the windows is the woods, the view begins not four foot off the sidewalls where trees and open forest floor slope up and gently away. When the spring rain comes, water gathers in the high places and forms water falling streams that run toward and alongside the studio heading toward gathering ponds on the lower side.
It's been a little while since our last Challenge, so we’re very pleased to announce the forthcoming 5 Day Pastel Challenge: Vibrant Still Life with Caitlin Heslop, which will be held from Mon 3rd – Fri 7th June.
Here’s a terrifying thought. Put away the reference photo, pick up a Unison Colour soft pastel and paint. 
I feel particularly blessed to be living in the Wiltshire countryside with its huge open spaces and beautiful sweeping plains. Also I feel incredibly lucky to be living in a position where I see this view of what we locally call Oliver’s Castle.

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