Buyer Evaluate of the Month: Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels

We’re bringing again Buyer Opinions of the Month. Go away an informative and detailed assessment on Jackson’s Web site and be in to win a £25 Jackson’s Voucher in addition to have your assessment revealed right here. This month Derbyshire-based artist Geoff Chilton shares his ideas on Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels.



Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels

Reviewed by Geoff Chilton

A bit like Marmite, pastels are humorous issues – you both love them or hate them. However when you’re used to portray with pure pigment, there’s nothing fairly prefer it. I’ve been utilizing pastels for over twenty years and the seek for that elusive ‘good’ high quality has change into one thing of an obsession. I purchased a couple of of Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels a couple of years in the past and I used to be actually shocked on the high quality.



Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels


I don’t like ‘chalky’ pastels; the smoother the higher for me, however the mixture of the fitting stick and the fitting paper is essential. The Jackson’s pastels will keep placed on nearly any floor, from coarse ‘honeycomb’ papers to easy cartridge. As an expert artist I’m always striving for one thing indefinable in my work and I don’t wish to should suppose an excessive amount of about supplies, I must know precisely what they’ll do and these Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels are extraordinarily dependable. In my combined media work, I typically use comfortable pastels on prime of an underpainting of acrylics and even layers of dry oils, the latter mixture could be very satisfying and one which I take advantage of loads, significantly over a scrubbed floor.


Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels


I often use them on thick smoothish cartridge paper, too they usually keep put very well. There are many manufacturers available on the market which are way more costly, however a pastel that prices £4.80 isn’t essentially twice pretty much as good as one which prices £2.40! In fact, it relies upon what you’re searching for however the good factor concerning the Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels is the truth that they’re so adaptable. In a pure pastel portray I can construct up many layers of pigment with a lightweight spray of fixative and work any color on prime, even hues which are a lot darker, and there’s lots of pigment within the Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels which makes them fairly intense. Due to this depth and the smoothness of the stick itself, they mix properly collectively, so that you don’t want to purchase dozens of pastels of various tints should you don’t wish to.


Coast Street, Isle of Siel, 2021
Geoff Chilton
Pastel on Ingres paper, 76 x 50 cm | 30 x 20 in


I like the truth that they arrive in themed units, too, with 14 associated colors: Darkish, Panorama, Woodland and so on. Although my newest buy was a set of 14 colors which you get to decide on your self, an effective way to construct up a palette of precisely you colors you need. Their mossy greens and olives are good for portray the colors of the Derbyshire moorland the place I do a lot of my sketching.

My expertise with Jackson’s Handmade Smooth Pastels has inspired me to strive a few of their different merchandise: Jackson’s Artist Oil Paints that are superbly buttery and scent elegant! I’ve additionally used their Jackson’s Skilled Acrylic Paint too and to this point I’ve been impressed with the outcomes.


Coastal Panorama, Isle of Mull, 2023
Geoff Chilton
Combined media (oil, comfortable pastel, charcoal) on board, 61 x 50 cm | 24 x 20 in


About Geoff Chilton

Geoff Chilton is an award-winning skilled artist who works from his studio in Buxton, Derbyshire. He’s Resident Artist on the Inexperienced Man Gallery, Buxton. He has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Manchester Academy of Superb Artwork, of which he was a former council member, the Colin Jellicoe Gallery in Manchester, the Woodstone Gallery, Lincolnshire and the Jetty Gallery, Oban. His work is in personal collections within the UK and as far-off as Norway and Japan

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