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Feb 8, 2010 6:29 PM CST
Name: Jeannie
North of Milwaukee, WI
zone 5A
Dorothy:

I use soft pastels...I started with Grumbacher, which are not too expensive. Then I got Rembrandt. Then Unison and Sennelier.

I still use all of them, the Senneliers are very soft which is good for accents once there's already a lot of color on it.

Also, the paper has to have some "tooth" to hold the pigment, some texture or whatever. You don't have to start really expensive, but better quality materials will give you better results, so if you start getting frustrated with the amount of color you can get or whatever, try some softer pastels. THe Unisons are around $5 apiece! I think I have 70 or maybe 80. And then a nice case to protect them.

But you don't need it all at once, start with what works and move up as you need to.

I used to work with oil pastels & friend does...they're fun too but different. you could try a few of each separately to see which you like better.
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