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Pastels: are pure pigment, it's
the same pigment used in making all fine art paint related materials. Pastels
are the most permanent of all medium when applied to archival papers and
properly framed with archival backings and mats. It can be better protected by
using high quality museum grade glazing. Pastels are a dry medium. There are no
liquids used in the process of making pastel sticks which can cause
discoloration of pigment.
Pastels are not pale colors as many people think. They are
bright and bold as you can see in these works of art. Pastels have been in use
since the 1600's. The pastels of today are far superior to what was originated
in the 1600's and what is even better are the papers we have to work on today
and they are getting better.
For additional information regarding pastels, see
Links page, specifically look at the "Pastel Society of America".