PanPastel are the ultimate soft pastel medium for artists and colourists everywhere, with a huge range of colours and blending capabilities. These unique palette-formed pastels are dry yet laydown on the paper like paint, meaning you can create some amazing effects with little effort. The PanPastels can be applied with brushes, sponges, fingers, etc. but they go hand in hand with Sofft Tools, a range of applicators specifically created for use with PanPastels. Each colour is loaded with the finest quality artist pigments, so colours appear thick and vivid with only a few light swipes on the pastel.
As you know I have been working a lot lately with soft pastel sticks to create cool background blends, but I have to say from the second I touched PanPastel to paper I could see and feel the difference immediately. The colour is so saturated and smooth, leaving less white spaces and more time between re-loading of pastel. I couldn't believe how little dust there was when using PanPastel compared to other pastels; there's barely any excess both when picking up the colour and laying it down, which is fantastic as I was having so many problems with smudging before. The colour seems to 'stick' to the paper from the start, leaving minimal residue and no need for a fixative, so your favourite colouring books are safe from a smudgy, dusty mess!
You can use the PanPastels in the palette format and then stack them up for portability or storage, as they all screw to the bottom of each other. This keeps them separate, clean, compact and easy to transport. They can be bought in 5, 10, 20, or 80 colour sets, each pack coming with free Sofft Tools for you to get started straight away. They are quite expensive, which is the only drawback for the casual colourist. If you're serious about art, you need these in your arsenal. It's around £15 for a 5-pack on Amazon, which is affordable to try them out before you take the plunge and buy the lot!
Here's a video of me creating one of the pictures above.
Now who fancies a chance to win some of these bad boys?! I have very generously been offered 3 sets to give away, each comprising of 5 PanPastels (you choose the colours), a Palette tray with lid, and a selection of Sofft Tools to get you started. All you have to do is tell me how many colours there are in the PanPastel range? Hint: check the website! Enter in the Rafflecopter below and 3 winners will be randomly chosen. This competition is open WORLDWIDE!
I was given these products in exchange for an honest review. You can find out more about PanPastel on their website and blog, and buy the range online or from these shops.