Diane Townsend began making her own pastels in 1972 when she found that the colors she observed in nature were not available. As an avid pastelist, herself, Diane made her first batches only for her own use. She set out to make pastels for herself to meet her own color specifications, and she created a very unique color range. We are thrilled and fortunate to be able to offer you Diane's incredible pastels. She makes a beautiful range from the deepest darks to pastels that are so pale, they literally have just a whisper of color. Diane's pastels have a very soft consistency, dense covering power, and tinting strength, as well, as clarity, depth, and incredible richness. They are made in small batches using the best pigments, bronze powers, and pearlescent powders available with no fillers or extenders added. Very little has been done to alter the natural pigment color. Each pigment has different qualities, therefore the pastels may vary in consistency, from soft to firm, from smooth to buttery to dry and powdery. Diane uses very little binder to hold the pigment together. Some colors have a surface "skin" that yields to reveal the soft pastel within. Sandpaper will help get these newer pastels started. Due to the handmade nature of Diane's pastels, color, shape and size may vary from shipment to shipment.