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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.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
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Love these pastels
from Encinitas, California
Comments about Holbein Artists’ Oil Pastels:
I love the consistency and color of the Holbein oil pastels. I use the Holbein academic for the under layer, then the regular Holbein oil pastels for the main layer, and perhaps some Sennelier colors on top. My only complaint is that when I buy a batch of colors, some are always out of stock and get shipped later, each single pastel in a large cardboard box. Seems very wasteful.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Each and every time I buy Holbein oil pastels, I am in «aw» discovering those rich hues filled with pigments.Holbein offers superb muted colors and are perfect for detail work being harder pastels.Sennelier are an excellent complement being creamier.
Small ok, but price too high.
from Suwanee, GA
Wish they had a factory point.Small size.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Holbein Artists' Oil Pastels are great
I have been using these pastels to assist various oil paintings I have done. I am finding their color rich and reliable. I have had some for a very long time and their quality has not diminished at all. I notice that one suggestion by Dick Blick for this review is that I discuss what isn't so great about this product. I have absolutely NO complaints. Perhaps if I have any concern, it would be that these fine materials would be discontinued since I cannot find a variety of sets offered.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I wrote a review in 2014 and I am surprised to see that I haven't changed my mind a tiny bit: I love Holbein and particularly its muted colors & blues. Beware though: adding white to the hue gives it a chalky finish whereas the need to buy the shades instead. Why would someone want to kill those luxurious colors? BTW Being harder than say, Sennelier, Holbein are very appropriate for detail work or as a first coat prior to softer pastels.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Product great, packaging and shipping not so much
from Bellevue, IA
The Holbein pastels are great -- I ordered the four colors I needed to finish a project, they arrived as ordered and on time. My problem was with the shipping/packaging method -- the pastels were each in a protective plastic casing and could have easily been mailed in a small padded envelope. Instead they came in an oversized carton with two shoe boxes worth of plastic packing pillows, not to mention costing almost nine dollars (about the price of the pastels) to ship. Seemed expensive and wasteful and with a little forethought, a better, more environmentally friendly method should be possible.
Holbein oil pastels have beautiful colors and full of rich pigment. Love them!
from Seoul, Korea
I have almost every brand of oil pastel.Holbein became my most favorite oil pastel. It's amazingly soft and the color spectrum is just what I needed. I will definitely buy them again. It would be even nicer if it is wrapped with color's name.
Great but Pricey
from New York City
The "per item" price for these is reasonable, given that they are perhaps the best of their kind. However, by the time you get done with shipping & handling, the effective per item price gets way up there. I needed a few specific colors, so it was worth it. You can buy single Sennelier oil pastels in the Blick stores, but not Holbein Artist's oil pastels; Sennelier are gooier and mine misbehaved. A friend who uses oil pastels a lot said she thought the Senneliers were "spoiled" as it seems can sometimes happen.
Best in Show.
from Charlotte, NC
Sure they break, but I haven't met a pastel yet that doesn't, and it doesn't affect what I do anyway. The pigments are outstanding, they spread and offer superior coverage. The Holbeins aren't like a typical oil pastel though, they are kind of in a class of their own.Best of all? They don't melt in your fingers like others.
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