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Endorsed by the Oil Pastel Association of America (OPA), Holbein Artists’ Oil Pastels come in a superb range of 225 colors that feel and move like a chalk pastel.
These pastels are the culmination of more than 50 years of research, development, and manufacturing expertise in the oil pastel field. The manufacturing process is entirely automated to ensure uniformity of color distribution. They handle evenly and cleanly without stickiness and, once down, provide excellent surface stability. Because of the wax content and highly refined mineral oil used in their manufacture, they will never harden completely.
It is recommended that the surface not be fixed, as this will detract from the vibrancy of the pigments. They can be applied to almost any ground, and used over acrylic and oil color. Unlike oil pastels that use vegetable oils, Holbein Artist Oil Pastels are inert once down and will not dry out or crack. Finished works of art are usually mounted under glass.
Each oil pastel measures 3/8" square × 2-3/4" long.
Holbein Artists’ Oil Pastels are manufactured to the Munsell color standard for hue, value, and chroma.
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Set of 15, Cardboard Box
This set of 15 is packaged securely in a cardboard box.
Set of 25, Cardboard Box
This introductory set contains 25 colors, packaged securely in a cardboard box.
Set of 15 Colors
Set of 25 Colors
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Holbein Artist's Oil Pastel Set
By Mr. O
from Philadelphia, PA
Comments about Holbein Artist's Oil Pastel Sets:
Use it on a variety of surfaces, good coverage, excellent coloration
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nice set of 25 colors
from Long Island, NY
I am liking the harder feel of the Holbein pastels as compared with othe brands that are softer.
(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)
Tried them all - Holbein suits me best.
from Madison, WI
How I use them: for full-color drawings on paper. My favorite subjects are landscapes and still life, but occasionally portraits or indoor scenes. I mostly use Canson tinted paper or museum board. I frame oil pastel work in a regular mat with glass, no fixatives or varnish. I try to maintain a low-toxicity work space so I never use turpentine or other solvents. Don't really need them, as I love the marks that oil pastel makes and don't want to blend them in. (Just my preference). What I like: good range of useful colors, no labels to peel, excellent lightfastness, non-toxic materials. The sticks are the right size for my hands, and easy to control- not too oily (Sennelier) not too dry (many cheaper brands). If you are a beginner in this medium, it's good to try a variety of brands until you get a feel for how they compare. Having done that, I have found these suit my painting style the best. Other brands I like to use on occasion: Van Gogh, Cray-Pas (cheap but not bad). Other brands I don't like as much: Panda (wimpy colors, too hard), Sennelier (toxic pigments in some colors, too soft and smeary for my purposes).
(30 of 30 customers found this review helpful)
Holbein Professional Grade Oil Pastels
from Elgin, IL.
As an artist/instructor who specializes in the use of oil pastels, I prefer Holbein oil pastels because they are not covered in paper and I can immediately engage in applying the color to the painting surface using a variety of hand strokes with the side of the stick. I also love the density and opacity of each stick over other brands. There is more pigment in each stick. I believe they offer the most flexibility for creating an oil pastel painting. I particularly enjoy smearing small dabs of Liquin or Res-n-gel over an initial application of dark colors. No other oil pastel brand is dense enough in color or without lots of wax binder to be able to layer bright and lighter colors on top of the darker tones except Holbein. I am hopeful that you will carry the Holbein sets and individual sticks in each of your retail stores someday as it is difficult to order specific colors on line because the printed color samples do not seem to match the actual color you see in front of you. Holbein oil pastels are professional grade artists tools and should be represented in your stores rather than having so many inferior waxy student grade varieties taking up so many lineal feet in your stores. If you are going to work in oil pastels, use Holbein....they are the best.
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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Holbein is the best in it's category
Great blending quality. Can define sharp lines because they are square, not round like the Sennelier. A little pricier than Sennelier, but can be used in tandem with Sennelier as an underpainting. Can be used with oil sticks and last a long time. I use both brands, but like the feel of the Holbein better.
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