I have been dithering about getting PanPastels for some time now. As most of you who have read my blog for some time know I am generally not too terribly hesitant to splurge on new art supplies. With the soon-to-be-arriving medical bills though I have had to consider my purchases a bit more stringently than I normally do. PanPastels have been on my list for quite awhile now though and I keep thinking that if I get these as a birthday present to myself I can play with them for those weeks that I will be unable to drive and will be chair or bed bound. Of course I generally figure that one must have enough colors of any given new art supply to ensure enough play options - so the least I have been considering is a set of 20 (oh! to be wealthy and be able to get the full set of 80!).
My dilemma is that I have never seen these things in use. I have no idea how I might use them - or if they wold be appropriate for someone like me who would use them for journaling - not for fine art. Are they wonderful and worth the extravagance - or are they something that I might regret splurging on? I realize that these answers are totally subjective in nature - but I can use all of the feedback I can get! If you or any of your friends have used these glorious looking little pans of luscious, vibrant colors I would really appreciate some opinions about them. Help me either buck up ans spend or reserve the plastic guilt for another day! What colors did you begin with? Individual colors? Sets? How many colors? Did you buy a lot at once or just one or two? Do you need the tools or will fingers work? Your opinions will help me!
This is the set of 20 that I have been considering - although I would have to add a few sundry colors - like the range of my fav green/golds!