I have yearned to get my hands on Pan Pastels for a couple of years. I have never wanted to spend $300+ for the largest set-especially if I wasn't 100% sure that I would love them. So I finally bought just an intro set that includes 7 basic colors (primary colors, black, white, brown, and green). The set also came with a tray and a couple of soft tools. There is room in the tray for 3 more colors. I added a light fleshy color too so I have a total of 8 colors. This is a great set to start with. I can already tell that I want more colors and tools! At a minimum, I'd like to add a gray tone and some of my other favorite colors (orange, magenta, teal, etc.) to my collection.
This is my first attempt at using Pan Pastels, created over a gel print. Even with just basic colors, I was able to get some great shading. I also used a couple of colored pencils and a black marker. I then amped up the color saturation in the digital photo to bring out the layers in the gel print. I will have to practice with the tools (and I'd like more-maybe one for each color). I will also experiment using q-tips, etc. my fingers (my favorite tools) also worked well.