These are a wonderful texture of soft and easy to work into a surface. They are not so delicate that you need to worry about breakage. Colors are highly pigmented. I applied them straight onto a sample piece of pastel media board. I rubbed and smeared them and made direct marks as well. After the greys I dug through a small box of colors I keep by my desk and applied those on top. It was a few minutes of fun. Now I must wash dishes and get on with my day. Try Girault.