Pastel Types: How to Choose the Right One for You

Pastel Types: How to Choose the Right One for You


In this video you will learn the key differences and determining factors of the pastel types available.


You will learn:

  • The 3 main types of pastels
  • The characteristics of each
  • Which is the best for beginners
  • Why it is important to play with each first
  • And how they can get you out of a rut

Links & Resources


You can purchase all of these from Blick Art Materials. Use my link below to save on your next order.


Sennelier – (525 tones/colors) Medium soft pastel, provides the widest range of tones(great if you don’t want to blend for intermediate areas)


Schmincke –
(400 tones/colors) Buttery texture that glides on the paper,great darks(I have a few of these in my set)


Rembrandt –
(203 tones/colors) Medium soft pastel, great for line work and are great for students and professionals(This was my first set of pastels)


Daler-Rowney –
(190 color/tones) Soft pastel with creamy texture has a few colors you may not find in other brands. Good for controlled precise pastel drawing


Winsor & Newton –
( 200 colors/tones) Soft pastel with creamy texture


Conté a Paris –
( 48 colors/tones) That is the highest amount of tones I could find. Comes in a great travel size box and slightly on the harder side.

Don’t forget to leave your question below and I’ll do my best to respond…


  1. Thanks. The list of fast flashing pieces are all mine. The two oil pastel examples are by my friend Craig Cundiff. He does awesome work and use oil pastels exclusively. All of mine were done with soft pastel.

  2. I recently got Wreck This Journal. I want to make it artistic. I hate using crayons, color pencils, and markers, so I’ve decided to move onto oil pastels.Since I haven’t used them in a while, I forgot the effects of them. Like if I color one page in my journal and close it, will it be smudged? If I color both sides and close it, will it be ruined?If it does, is there another kind of tool I can use? I want something vibrant, doesn’t smudge, doesn’t stain, and doesn’t need to dry (like paint.).

  3. awesome Have fun with that! Oil pastels are really the closest thing to paint that you can get and are actually pretty tough to smudge. They will actually also harden over time much like oil paint. You may find that if you use them on both sides of the pages they may stick together if applied heavily but should be a problem over all. But I think you are on the right path. Beside those can not really think of anything else besides what you have already mentioned. I hope that helps!

  4. It definitely did! I’ve been asking everywhere and nobody had an answer. And I went to the my school’s art store and bought some oil pastels. This is going to be awesome.

  5. That’s awesome! I am glad I could help. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to comment or ask. You can also leave comments on the website or blog linked in the description. I try to get to them as much as I can.

  6. love your informative offering on pastels..just starting to work with them and have purchased many..gotta get those nupastels .you make things clear so about info on conte crayons

  7. Awesome queenmarcialtrixi. I hope you will find them freeing and fun as I did when switching over to color. Conte Crayons I don’t have much experience with. They are very similar to the nupastels if i remember correctly.

  8. This was so amazing im stting of using pastels and this is great ….. Good explenations and everything thanx …..

  9. Nannie on a budget. Two things, wow!!!!.,…. and please can u pleaaaase do a step by step? Im a newbie beginner, and if I can learn all you know, I would be extremely happy, and proud!

  10. Nannie on a budgetIs basic 101 to your level too much to ask?! You explain things without pompus lingo that I dont understand, I call it medium hype! Pleease us newbies are screaming out for a proper tutor that takes through step by step, teaching techniques, tips ect. Also, seeing you work in real time, talking us through as you work, could help!

  11. Hi, I know this video is old but I hope you still answer my question anyway. I am working with making dollhouse miniatures and soft chalk pastels are what is needed most for coloring the clay and giving it more detail. I have tried two different brands one being hair chalk and the other called Master’s pastel. The type I need is one that is so soft you can just rub your paint brush across it to lift the color as opposed to shaving it with a razor blade or rubbing it onto a sheet of paper. It doesn’t coat well that way. Could you tell me which one would work best, please? Thank you.

  12. Mungyo are really good too. Artist quality and super cost effective. Just
    tricked up some of the oil pastels. Can’t wait to try them out.

  13. Hi im an artist too and i use soft, hard and oik pastel. I love how they
    have there own Beautiful finish at the end. Plus i use paint and ect also.
    Thanks for ure video.

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