Rembrandt Pastel Micro Sets are being released starting May 1st. This might be a great way to try out Rembrandt pastels if you have been interested in trying them out. They are super creamy thanks to their kaolin binder.
New to 2019 we are introducing Rembrandt Soft Pastel Micro Sets. These sleek 5 and 10 piece half-stick sets are designed as a non-intimidating way for artists to break into the pastel category. These attractive colorways are available at an amazing price point of $9.95 for the 5 piece sets and $19.95 for the 10 piece sets.
Rembrandt Soft Pastel Micro Sets will be shipping from our warehouse May 1st to your local art materials retailer!
Known for generations as the world’s most popular soft pastel, Rembrandt pastels occupy a distinct and important segment of most pastel painters’ process.
While not as hard as carre pastels, and not as soft as some of the finishing pastels on the market, Rembrandts are known for their medium softness, their density and consistency. Often called “the workhorse” of the pastel category, this is specifically because of this density and medium touch. Soft enough to easily release color, but hard enough to draw a sharp line, keep an edge and build multiple layers, the versatility is nearly endless.
Crafted in the Netherlands on a very specialized small extrusion machine (we like to call it the Willy Wonka machine, because of the sounds it emits), these pastels are uniform in their shape and size, and do not crumble, holding their shape. The recipe varies based on the pigment used, but is the most simple of any product we make. Pure pigments, and just enough Kaolin clay to hold the pigment together, there is nothing more simple and nothing with as many possibilities as a pastel.
Because of the purity, and solubility of Kaolin clay, these pastels can be rendered into powder, allowing the artist to render a watercolor paint by just adding gum arabic, acrylic paints can be made by adding this to an acrylic binder, or an oil paint by mixing into a drying oil, like linseed or safflower oil.
Will you be trying out the new pastel micro sets? I plan on buying a few to throw in my bag for drawing on site.
The Rembrandt Soft Pastel Micro Sets are available at Blick.