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Pastel

1. Sticks of powdered pigment held together with a gum binding agent. 2. Pale colors or tints. A colored crayon that consists of pigment mixed with just enough of a aqueous binder to hold it together; a work of art produced by pastel crayons; the technique itself. Pastels vary according to the volume of chalk contained...the deepest in tone are pure pigment. Pastel is the simplest and purest method of painting, since pure color is used without a fluid medium and the crayons are applied directly to the pastel paper. A combination of pure pigment and binder forming permanent colored sticks; noted for colors which go from soft to brilliant. When ground is completely covered with pigment, the work is considered pastel painting: leaving much of the ground exposed produces a pastel sketch.

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