Be sure to have a good value range of
- Warm (Orangey) Reds
- Cool (Red-Violet) Reds
- Warm (Buttery or Orangey) Yellows
- Cool (Lemon or Chartruese) Yellows
- Phthalo / other Cool Greens / Warm Blues
- Ultramarine / other cool Blues / Violets
- Warm and Cool Grays
- Raw Umbers / other Earth Tones
- Other Neutrals
- Any other Colors you wish
Arrange you colors either by Hue or by Value.
Avoid student and children's grades. They have more filler and use pigments that are not light fast!
Look for pastels described as Light Fast!
Avoid pigments labeled as light resistant. They may resist fading for a few weeks or months, but they will not hold FAST to their intended color! Please do not assume it is reasonable to begin with faulty materials and that you will change to better materials when . . . Most people find it hard to get rid of materials, even if they are of poor quality, even after they begin to do good work and will sometimes sell work that will not endure. Never a good practice! And rememberthere is a great deal of difference in the handling of the kiddie/student products. You will not be learning on the materials you will want to be doing your 'real' work with! Just not practical, economical or ethical in the long run!