One of the most frequent questions I receive are from artists looking for art supply recommendations. Remember that every artist will have different preferences based on the subjects they draw and their art techniques. In the near future, I will be putting together a list of gift ideas for artists for the holidays.

Art supply shopping can be overwhelming with the number of brands and options available on the market today. Please use the list below as a guide – this is not a mandatory art supply list. When purchasing a new art medium for the first time, I recommend buying a small pastel set or individual colors (open stock) before investing in larger sets. This post contains a comprehensive list of art supplies that I regularly use for my pastel drawings.

This list will be routinely updated to reflect my current supplies.

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Pastels (Pencils)

  • Stabilo CarbOthello (available in sets of 12, 24, 36, 48, & 60)
  • Derwent (available in sets of 12, 24, 36, & 72)
  • Conte (available in sets of 12, 24, & 48)
  • Faber-Castell PITT (available in sets of 12, 24, & 60)
  • Caran d’Ache (available in sets of 12, 20, 40, & 76)

For a comprehensive comparison review on the pastel pencil brands I use, check out my blog post:

Pastels (Sticks)

  • Sennelier (I recommend the 1/2 stick portrait set for animal drawings)
  • Schmincke
  • Unison
  • Jackson’s Art


  • Clairefontaine Pastelmat (available in large sheets and assorted pads)

Blending Tools


  • Spectrafix Degas Pastel Fixative (12 fluid oz) Note that this fixative may darken your pastel or charcoal drawing. This fixative is best used as a workable fixative (not a final finishing fixative). Always test fixative on a separate sheet first to see how the colors will be affected prior to using on your artwork.

Misc. Tools

Pastel Storage:

  • Wood Drawers: there are several different models available. I own two 3-drawer units from the brand Creative Mark.

Have you tried these brands before? Do you have any brand recommendations for me? Leave a comment below!


6 thoughts on “My Pastel Art Supplies

  1. Would you recommend buying the pastel Matt at Amazon? I like the gray but I don’t see it in pads and I usually use 9 x 12 sizes

    1. Hi Marti, I’ve read mixed reviews on Amazon for Pastelmat due to different sellers fulfilling orders. If the seller does not provide enough padding, you can have damaged edges or crushed corners. I would read the reviews on the listing first and see if previous customers had complaints on shipping and handling.

      I live in the U.S. and I’ve purchased both large sheets and pads from DickBlick and Jerry’s Artarama. Both are reputable sellers and have excellent customer service. If you live in Europe, Jackson’s Art is also an option. -Lauren

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