I am not sponsored by any of these companies. They are just some of my favorites I want to share with you.
The blackest black pastel.
Looking for a rich, dark black? I love Girault's black. Plus their thinner pastel size makes them so easy to work with. It's like a soft pastel and hard pastel combined in one if that makes sense.
A dark dark blue pastel.
This is a super dark blue pastel which can come in very handy.
The darkest dark purple.
Eggplant by Terry Ludwig is a beautiful dark purple. I use it in so many of my pastel paintings. It's a must have pastel in any pastel collection.
Protect your pastel work!
When storing or transporting my pastel painting, I cover with a sheet of Glassine paper. Glassine is acid-free and anti-static. Can get them in sheets or in a roll. After all the time I spent on my painting, I want to make sure its protect it!
My Favourite Pastel Paper
(I am not sponsored by them)
My go-to pastel paper is the UArt sanded surface 500 grit paper. It takes wet underpaintings and up to 25 layers of pastels.
(Note: I use this surface for pastel landscapes. When I do portraits I use Cansosn Mi-Teintes paper on the back smooth side.)
I order them in rolls so I can cut them to any size. I wanted to work on large pieces and found this to be a great option.
The down side of buying such a huge roll is that I find it tedious to cut out the pieces from such a large roll, and they tend to curl. But I find the benefit out-ways the negatives on this.
My go-to pastel brands.
I use mostly Great American, Girault, Schminke, and Terry Ludwig soft pastels. Nu-pastel, Rembrandt, Creta-color for hard pastels.