Unison Soft Pastels Portrait And Plein Air Sets

Unison Soft Pastels Portrait And Plein Air Sets
Save
Up to
35%
Off List

Pastels That Are A True Work Of Art, Themselves!

Unison Soft Pastels, developed by British artist John Hersey, began in the early ‘80s when he could not find the working qualities he was looking for in the factory made pastels that were on the market. Hersey was disappointed that the mass-produced pastels broke too easily, were not consistent in texture, and didn’t suit his color vision as a painter. For several years he worked on handmade methods of production, the texture of his pigments in mixtures, and creating sensible color sequences.

Key Features:
  • Hand rolled
  • Minimal to no binder added
  • Richly pigmented, lightfast colors
  • Smooth application
Perfect For:
  • Discerning Pastel Artists
  • Superior color and texture
  • Customized, unique colors
  • Fans of handmade pastels

...
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait And Plein Air Sets

Pastels That Are A True Work Of Art, Themselves!

Unison Soft Pastels, developed by British artist John Hersey, began in the early ‘80s when he could not find the working qualities he was looking for in the factory made pastels that were on the market. Hersey was disappointed that the mass-produced pastels broke too easily, were not consistent in texture, and didn’t suit his color vision as a painter. For several years he worked on handmade methods of production, the texture of his pigments in mixtures, and creating sensible color sequences. Once he finally felt satisfied and presented his pastels publicly, they were met with immediate enthusiasm!

The pastels are created with superior-quality pigments in an 8 stage process, by a small staff of skilled artisans. Following a unique recipe for each custom created by John Hersey, all the dry pigments for the specific color being made are added to a bowl. Some specific recipes can call for up to 7 pigments! Pigments are then mixed carefully and binder is added where needed for the particular color’s properties— sometimes none is required. The mixture is thoroughly mixed to a thick consistency, and then spooned out in equal proportions onto sheets of blotting paper, resting until they are dry enough to handle. Drying time at this step can vary depending on pigment, and can take from a few minutes up to 24 hours. The spooned out portions are them squeezed to release excess water, to prepare them for rolling. Each portion is then carefully rolled into the pastel shape by hand, to give a unique texture that will help provide a consistent response. After drying slightly longer on the blotting paper, the rolled pastels are then cut exactly to size with a handmade cutting tool. After cutting, the pastels are gently placed on wire trays and dried overnight in a very gentle heat. They are then taken and stored in the packing room, to await hand-labeling.

The handmade nature and precise, careful development and care of Unison Pastels make them ideally fashioned for the discerning artist. Unison’s complete range features 288 colors, utilizing many single and pure pigments, along with John Hersey's selective pigment blends. Unison Soft pastels are rolled without the use of extrusion, compression or heating, these pastels offer fluid lay-down of color with consistent creaminess and reliable softness. These lightfast, water-soluble pastels are available in multiple, carefully selected sets, neatly packaged with protective foam inserts.

Key Features:
  • Hand rolled with no compression or heating
  • Minimal to no binder added for clearest, most vivid colors
  • Richly pigmented, lightfast colors
  • Consistent, smooth application and reliable softness
Perfect For:
  • Discerning Pastel Artists
  • Artists looking for superior color, texture, and response
  • Pastelist seeking customized, unique colors
  • Fans of handmade pastels
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getContent, 15.91ms
  • REVIEWS, PRODUCT
  • bvseo-msg: HTTP status code of 403 was returned;
Save up to 35% off list
Product Icons:
  • Tech Notes TechNotes, Information or Details available. Click On Yellow Icon on items for ALL Details

Helpful Hints Note: You can add as many items/qty from this page and press the "add to cart button" once below this pop up and all items will be added to your cart.

Product Listing
Rollover / Enlarge Image
Name
Color
Item #
List
Jerry's
Status
Qty
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - African American
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:African American
Item #:
83747
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
Out Of Stock
(expected: 09/06/2016)
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set contains one each of the following colors: Brown Earth 13 Brown Earth 15 Brown Earth 18 Blue Green Earth 17 Blue Violet 16 Additional 22 Additional 25 Dark 4
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Asian
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Asian
Item #:
83748
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set includes one each of the following colors: Brown Earth 1 Blue Green Earth 15 Grey 8 Grey 23 Grey 27 Brown Earth 27 Brown Earth 31 Brown Earth 32
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Caucasian
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Caucasian
Item #:
83746
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
Out Of Stock
(expected: 09/06/2016)
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set includes one each of the following colors: Red Earth 2 Red Earth 3 Red Earth 7 Blue Green Earth 14 Blue Violet 2 Additional 21 Brown Earth 19 Light 7
Unison Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8 - Desert Sunset
Name:Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8
Color:Desert Sunset
Item #:
83753
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
Out Of Stock
(expected: 09/06/2016)
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set inlcudes one each of the following colors: Yellow Gold 10 Yellow Gold 18 Additional 9 Additional 15 Orange 6 Orange 7 Orange 9 Orange 12
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Eyes
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Eyes
Item #:
83752
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set includes one each of the following colors: Brown Earth 18 Yellow Green Earth 18 Blue Violet 17 Grey 19 Grey 36 Additional 52 Brown Earth 34 Brown Earth 35
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Latino
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Latino
Item #:
83751
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • Brown Earth 3 Brown Earth 5 Blue Green Earth 16 Grey 26 Additional 23 Additional 28 Brown Earth 22 Light 9
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Mediteranean
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Mediteranean
Item #:
83750
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set contains one each of the following colors: Red Earth 4 Red Earth 15 Brown Earth 8 Additional 19 Additional 27 Additional 47 Brown Earth 30 Light 4
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8 - Native American
Name:Soft Pastels Portrait Set of 8
Color:Native American
Item #:
83749
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set contains one each of the following colors: Red Earth 4 Red Earth 17 Brown Earth 9 Additional 19 Additional 27 Additional 45 Brown Earth 30 Light 4
Unison Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8 - Northern Sunset
Name:Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8
Color:Northern Sunset
Item #:
83755
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
In Stock
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set includes one each of the following colors: Red 15 Red 16 Red 18 Yellow Gold 4 Yellow Gold 6 Blue Violet 1 Blue Violet 3 Blue Violet 5
Unison Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8 - Polar Ocean
Name:Soft Pastels Plein Air Set of 8
Color:Polar Ocean
Item #:
83754
list:$56.65
Jerry's:$36.99
Out Of Stock
(expected: 09/06/2016)
Product Badge:
  • Prop 65 "Prop 65 - This product contains material known to the state of California to cause cancer. Even if these products contain only trace levels of harmful chemicals, a warning is required by the State of California."
  • LPP Lowest Price - This item is already at the Best Lowest Price Possible and no further discounts or coupons can be applied.
  • This set includes the following colors: Blue Violet 7 Blue Violet 10 Blue Violet 14 Blue Violet 18 Grey 9 Grey 31 Grey 32 Additional 51
Loading more products...
loading...
Unison Soft Pastels Portrait And Plein Air Sets

Pastels That Are A True Work Of Art, Themselves!

Unison Soft Pastels, developed by British artist John Hersey, began in the early ‘80s when he could not find the working qualities he was looking for in the factory made pastels that were on the market. Hersey was disappointed that the mass-produced pastels broke too easily, were not consistent in texture, and didn’t suit his color vision as a painter. For several years he worked on handmade methods of production, the texture of his pigments in mixtures, and creating sensible color sequences.

Key Features:
  • Hand rolled
  • Minimal to no binder added
  • Richly pigmented, lightfast colors
  • Smooth application
Perfect For:
  • Discerning Pastel Artists
  • Superior color and texture
  • Customized, unique colors
  • Fans of handmade pastels

$
36.99