While looking over customer reviews we noticed Scott L Bleasdale’s comments on an Inscribe Set of 64 Soft Pastels saying that ‘the selection of colours was perfect for a beginner: a bit of everything and every colour with a neighbour that will blend to an easy gradient.’ We asked Scott to expand on the review and gave him a £25 Jackson’s Gift Voucher as a reward for writing the most informative and useful review of the month.
Review by Scott L Bleasdale
When I decided that I wanted to try soft pastels I knew that there was a risk, as with any new medium, that I could be wasting money. I had tried a couple of individual pastel sticks in art stores and was intrigued but they were expensive and I really didn’t want to spend a fortune to discover that I didn’t like the medium. So the Inscribe pastels seemed a good bet. They’re inexpensive and I knew that if they didn’t work out then at least I hadn’t broke the bank to find out.
I was surprised by how small the individual piece are but what was more surprising was how they performed.
I tried them first on a piece of Pastelmat and was astounded by how nicely they lay down on the surface and just how vibrant these inexpensive pastels are. I expected the pigments to be rather dull but instead they are bright and vivid. They blend nicely and the only time I created a muddy colour was when I was trying to create a muddy colour.
The box contains 64 colours which means that you are not limited in which subjects you can try with these. There are bright colours that are almost neon and there are earthy colours and they are all of a similar consistency.
This colour selection is perfect for a beginner, as every colour included has a neighbouring pastel that will easily blend to make a very smooth gradient. It was great to find that in addition to the 64 half pastel sticks that are also a black and a white drawing pastel that are slightly harder, though by no means being hard pastels. These allow easy sketching of outlines in the planning stages as well as being useful for highlights and shadows at the end.
After trying them on Pastelmat I tried them on Canson Mi Teintes Touch, a much rougher sanded surface. Again the lay down was fantastic and although the colours were a little less vibrant on this paper, they still look absolutely beautiful. Since then I have used them on a number of pastel papers and even on watercolour paper and still they lay down well and blend smoothly and remain bright.
Since trying the Inscribe pastels I have bought many other types of pastels and have a growing collection of brands such as Toison D’Or by Koh-I-Noor and Rembrandt by Talens but I still find myself using the Inscribe pastels in every piece and I will be buying myself a replacement set as soon as they wear down.
The photographs are all of pieces done entirely with the Inscribe 64 set, with the exception of Jingo the Tiger which uses oranges and yellows from the Inscribe set as well as various other colours from my Toison D’or pastels and Pitt Pastel Pencils.
I expected these to be just an introduction to pastels but as I become more and more pastel orientated in my work I realise that they are a fantastic addition to my growing collection of soft pastels.
Scott L Bleasdale is a self taught artist working in coloured pencil, oils and watercolour.
He has lived in Prague and Bangkok but now is back home in the North West of England.
Supplementing his income as a teacher he has been creating art for over 30 years; from pet portraits to abstract works to landscapes and more.
After a long illness caused him to disappear from the art world he is finally and hopes to be available for commissions again soon.
He is not currently on social media.
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