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Conte Crayons/Chalks (hard pastels)

Invented in France in 1795 by Nicolas-Jacques Conté especially for drawing and sketching,

Conté Crayons are made from a blend of natural pigments, kaolin clay, and graphite.

They are hard chalks, harder than a soft pastel. They are not crayons as we know them i.e. wax crayons. The French call hard chalks 'crayons'.


The rich, vivid colors of Conté Crayons mix together nicely, and a range of effects can be consistently produced. They are well suited for use on newsprint, textured paper or heavily grained surfaces.

Their rich opacity makes them ideal for work on darker papers and their quality ensures the longevity of drawings. Conté crayons are much firmer than soft pastels, so they produce little dust and are easy to control. Sharpened with a knife, nail file or sandpaper.


All sets come in a plastic case. The set of 12 classic contains grey, black, sanguine, bistre, sepia, white an excellent sketching set particularly for life drawing.

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