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Jackson’s Handmade Soft Pastels

Adrienne Parker reports on pastels that play a leading role in mixed-media approaches

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Top tips on how to use themed boxes of soft pastels

Experiment with mixed-media techniques

Let loose with soft pastels!

Which artist, in their right mind would not want to try a new product? I happily agreed to test report Jackson’s own handmade soft pastels for Leisure Painter and I waited with eager anticipation to see what type of pastels would arrive at my doorstep. My treasure came in the form of four elegant, rectangular, strong black boxes. The soft pastels were snuggly and firmly held in place so all arrived in perfect condition. I received four sets of 14 colours: Sky-Cloudy, Woodland Brown: Landscape Green and Dark.

My first impression was how beautiful and subtle the colours were. The tint and tonal variations in each themed selection were generous. Many ranges that I have used in the past have lacked those subtle incremental tonal and temperature changes. It is quite difficult to find those special light shades, such as light lime yellow and smalt blue white. I do love my bright colours so I did find myself reaching for strong reds, oranges and pinks that weren’t there. However, the starter set has a good range of brighter colours. My greedy self would like to own all 200 colours in the range!

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter (now 80 pages PLUS this month's 16-page art courses and holidays supplement). Aimed at beginners, less-experienced amateurs and hobby painters, LP is the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK. Inside you'll find practical advice, exercises and demonstrations on how to paint with watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, oils, pastels and drawing media, as well as tackling mixed-media approaches. With everything from adding figures to your beach scenes to gardens, flowers, animals, still lifes and landscapes, we aim to fill your painting hours. There's even a challenge to complete a miniature medieval initial letter in gold this month. Then sit back and view the award-winners of this year's Leisure Painter Open Competition, and read news on exhibitions, diary events, art club activities, the latest practical art books and our online home, PaintersOnline. The final 16 pages of this month's issue will help you plan your next art course. Enjoy the issue!