|'Paradise' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis $45 buy here|
I haven't bought any pastels in awhile so I decided to treat myself to a new set. I thought that a set of tropical colors would be fun to take on my cruise next week so I chose the Mount Vision Tropical set of 25 pastels. They arrived this week and today I had a chance to try them out. Here are some initial thoughts.
|Mount Vision Tropical Pastel Set|
- Mount Vision pastels are always a good value. You get a nice size handmade pastel stick that can be easily broken into three smaller pieces which is what I like to do right away. Otherwise they are actually too big for me to use! This set of 25 pastels cost $74 at Blicks.com but I had a 20% coupon and free shipping. Here is the link http://www.dickblick.com/products/mount-vision-soft-pastel-sets/
- I would consider these pastels to be medium soft. They are a great workhorse pastel in that they are hard enough for beginning layers yet soft enough to get nice effects in ending layers. I can use them from start to finish although I do prefer to use some of my softer pastels for my ending marks.
- The colors are wonderful! These pastels really are eye candy! Just look at those bright happy tropical colors! Of course I like to challenge myself to paint using just the set alone. The two paintings on this page were done with just the tropical set except I did have to add a light cream in the bottom painting. I would say that this set will definitely have to be a supplement to my regular cruise travel set. The colors are bright and vibrant but not enough range in value & color to use alone for every painting.
|'Island Colors' 5x7 pastel|