For those artists who prefer their pastels in pencil form, Nevada Fine Arts offers a variety of individual pastel pencils and sets. Personal preference aside, pastel pencils feature a fine point for creating details and fine lines, and can also be used for shading, layering, and blending, just like pastels that come in stick, block, chunk, or pan form. Another notable feature is that pastel pencils are cleaner to use because the cores are encased in wood that has been varnished or lacquered. Some pastel pencils respond to a wet brush or dampened surface, some have larger diameter cores for making wide strokes of color, and yet others contain an abrasive material for toning and stumping. All can be combined with traditional pastels in your pastel paintings. Choose light colors and chalk pencils for making dramatic effects on dark colored papers and other rough or textured surfaces.