I choose my initial palette by printing the photo reference then holding the pastel pencils and sticks next to the colours. Remember that when you start a painting your palette is your best guess and it’s okay to switch colours in / out of your palette.

Remember that it’s okay to have different colours than I’m using and it’s okay if you have a different stick and pencil sets.

Unison Colour Soft Pastels, Pastel Pencils

Unison White AND Any hard stick white like Faber Castell or Caran D’ache. Conte A Paris or Nupastel. Hard sticks are usually long and thin.

Blue/Lilac pastels.

A5 Pale Pink/Lilac

GN7 Green

BV4 Lilac Blue Violet

BV9 Light Blue Violet

BV12 Mid Blue Violet

BV17 Dark Blue Violet

A13 Sunset Orange

BE17 or BE11 Burnt Sienna

BE9 Light Terracotta

Dark 20 Dark Violet

Dark 22 Dark Blue Black

FC283 Burnt Sienna

FC194 Dark Plum

CD300 (or C215) Sunset Orange

C210 Bright Yellow

C310 Red



C770 Darkest Violet

FC175 Darkest Brown

FC157 Darkest Blue

C405 Royal Blue

C435 Light Blue

C385 Purple

CC46 Old Rose Dark


FC: Faber Castell

CD Caran D’Ache

C: Carbothello

CC: CretaColor

MV: Mount Vision Stick


Black tube watercolour or gouache paint and a small brush. See beginning of feathers video tutorial for details.


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