Sakura Nouvel Carre Pastels are semi-hard , water soluble square pastels Carre pastel is smooth and clean to the touch. The ultra fine pigments ensure extreme consistency in application, texture and working qualities. The square shape is convenient for both detailed and sketch work: the corners provide a sharp point; the side of the stick allows broad strokes. Carre pastels are lightfast - capable of an infinite range of hues, shades and tints. They do not crumble or powder your hands. Now increasing popular with students of art and design colleges.