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Frisket Masking – Materials

Some info. on choice of pastels

I use a mix of Unison pastels and pastel pencils for my work to achieve my realistic

Unison Colour – these are perfect for under layers and getting vibrant colours. They blend so easily and can be layered easily one on top of the other.

Stabilo Pastel Pencils – these are highly pigmented and work especially well on dark papers. They are softer than Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils and easy to blend. I use these to add the finer details.

Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils – these are harder than the Stabilo brand, which makes them excellent for very fine details, if that’s your thing. Again highly pigmented and a good range of muted shades and earth tones.

Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper – this is a 360 gsm card surface with a velvety texture which can hold multiple layers of pastel. For my piece I’ve selected the Sienna colour, a mid range tone which I particularly like for using for my animal portraits.

Unison Colour pastels used:-

  • Blue Violet 15
  • Carbon Black
  • Red 10
  • Red 16
  • Red 17
  • Red 18


Clairefontaine Pastelmat – colour Sienna


  • Frisket Masking Film (Matt) – a low tack masking film which can be used to create a mask over parts of your artwork to preserve the paper.
  • Jakar Hobby Knife with blade
  • Sofft blending tools
  • Tortillion paper blending stumps


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