Russian Sauce, 10 Stick Box Set


These soft pastels are known as ‘Russian sauce’ and are used in the creation of fine art works.  The formulation process features durable, finely ground mineral and earth pigments.  These high-quality pigments are then combined with just the right amount of kaolin and Chasov Yar clay.

  • 10 pieces, 62mm in length, in a wooden box.
  • Used in the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, St Petersburg.
  • Silky and smooth texture.
  • Can be used for toning paper by grinding a pastel stick into powder and mixing with water
  • wash and blend them as watercolours with a soft brush
  • The sauce, after drying, can be washed with an eraser
  • Perfect choice for graphic arts, especially for life drawings and portraits
  • protective wrapping on each stick
  • White, Brown, Ochre, Black, Warm grey, Grey blue, Grey, Bistro, Grey green, Light grey


Frequently bought together

Koh-i-Noor Kneaded Eraser (Soft)

The kneaded eraser, also known as a putty rubber, is a tool for artists.  It functions by absorbing and "picking up" graphite and charcoal particles, in addition to carbon and pastel marks.  It does not wear away nor leave behind eraser residue, thus it lasts much longer than other erasers.

Kneaded erasers can be shaped by hand for precision erasing, creating highlights, or performing detailing work. They are commonly used to remove light charcoal or graphite marks and in subtractive drawing techniques.


More Information About Russian Sauce

What is Russian sauce made from?

It is made from high quality pigments that are combined with just the right amount of kaolin and highly plastic clay from the most famous deposit in the city of Chas-Yar (Ukraine).  A little vegetable glue is also added.

How are they different to pastels?

Sauces are dry crayons similar to sepia or pastel in their composition and shades.  They have a fatter and richer structure thanks to the unique properties of Chas-Yar Clay.  Sauce has great hiding power and gives beautiful velvety tones from very dark to very light, with a large number of shades.

What ways can sauce be used in drawings?

Russian sauce is convenient for performing quick sketches, as well as careful form modeling. The dry technique of working with sauce is similar to the technique of working with charcoal.

Russian sauce is also soluble in water, so you can use it in the so-called wet way with a brush.

What kind of paper should be used?

Cotton or wood pulp-based paper both work well.  Cellulose is the best option when applying sauce ‘wet’.  It remains erasable unlike cotton-based watercolour paper.   Cotton paper will also be erasable (and archival) but a little more difficult to work back to the white of the paper.

Heavy weight drawing paper such as Strathmore that is stretched is also ideal for working wet.  Heavy weight paper is durable enough to stand up to repeated erasing and reworking.

Toned paper can work well when, for example, you want to have a warm/cool contrast (for example, tea stained paper + Gray-Azure sauce stick).

Who uses Russian Sauce?

Unsurprisingly most of the artists using sauce are from Russia but there are other international artists starting to use it as it becomes more popular.  Here are a few;

Nikolai Blokhin (pronounced ‘block-keen’)

Ivan Loginov, Assistant of Head Teacher, Imperial Academy

Stan Prokopenko, San Diego

Stephen Bauman, USA

Past Masters

Ivan Kramskoi


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