Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process. Suede mat board is fade resistant; lignin-free; and made from the finest Acid-Free, pH neutral buffered pulp cores. Suede has a luxurious look and the chalk pastel makes the artwork colors extremely vibrant.