Soft Pastels are a great artist choice for large or small pieces. I have used soft and oil padtels and the difference is that you need to use a fixative for oil pastels. Soft pastels are great because they show strong vibrant colors and are easy to use.
I have used pastels to make beautiful ACEO collectible trading cards and I protect them using acid free sleeves. Another way to ensure the color stays vibrant is to show them behind glass making sure its no acrylic or plastic or the pastel particles will attract to it and make a ghost image. Hairspray can be used also if you are careful, hairspray tends to leave drops or alter the color of it. The best fixative if needed would be the Lascaux fine art fixativ.
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Soft Pastels are a good medium for beginner or professional artist, you hold it right in between your fingers and you can feel the picture come to life as you use them.
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