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Pastel sticks are designed for every level of art expertise. Use to create broad strokes or fine lines. Rich, creamy pigments easily blend and shade. Ideal for illustration or tightly rendered drawings. Sticks are stronger than traditional soft pastels so they break less and offer easy cleanup. Colors include sap green, white, sanguine, violet, iron blue, Hooker"s green, black, cadmium yellow deep, ultramarine blue, pale vermillion, sepia and carnival red.
Prismacolor Nupastel Colored Pastel Sticks, Set of 12 Assorted Colors (27048). These pastel sticks are tougher than traditional soft pastels, but maintain the same rich, creamy pigments needed for superior blending and shading. Nupastels are stronger than ordinary soft pastels which means less breakage and easier clean-up. Beneficial for artists at all expertise levels, especially those interested in illustration or tightly rendered drawings. Because they can be used wet or dry, it’s like a two-for-one deal-- mix them with water or odorless mineral spirits to create cool effects. They are a leading choice for advertising layouts.