Invented in 1925, Sakura Color Products of Osaka, Japan, formulated Cray-Pas oil pastels with premium quality pigments, wax and oil. The motivation was to provide school children with a blend able, smooth textured art material to help promote creativity and self-expression. With innovation, first-class ingredients, and the belief of an individual's Power to Express™ at its core, the company expanded the family offering, which now consists of Expressionist and Specialist.
Cray-Pas Expressionist Pastels - Extra fine quality pigments, waxes and oils are specially formulated for very smooth drawing, and a wide range of effects from bold intense strokes to subtle shading.
Cray-Pas Specialist Pastels - Bright, vivid and exceptional color intensity and luminosity allow for smooth and gentle applications on a variety of surfaces. Balanced color range that includes fluorescents provides for infinite blending possibilities.