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Holbein has developed an exceptional range of artist-quality soft pastels that offer great covering and blending power because of their soft powder richness.
From inception to final production, Holbein's unique manufacturing process is computerized and mechanized. Every stick is scanned individually to guarantee even distribution of pigment and pigment purity, ensuring a predictably constant hue for use in sketching, undercoating, and finished work.
Individually wrapped sticks feature a square shape for versatility — use the flat sides or sharp edges! A smaller size (2" L × 5/16" Sqr) makes them easy to hold and less prone to breakage.
A pastel fixative is recommended to prevent colors from fading.
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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from Long Island, NY
Comments about Holbein Artists' Soft Pastels:
I always find what I need at Blick. Going to the store is an experience, too, because the staff people are actually helpful when needed, and they know about the products they sell. Questions are easily answered and I never leave the store feeling like I didn't get what I needed, both supply-wise and advice wise.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Worth the money
from Sterling, VA
Fantastic pigment, easy to use and the colors are bright
Amazing Holbein Soft Pastel Set of 144 Colors
from Wappingers Falls NY
This the best price I have seen on the largest of the Holbein Soft Pastel sets. Each color in seated in a styrofoam slot to keep from damaging the sticks. The colors are intense and the sticks are not brittle like some other brands. It is worth the extra money for your artistic endeavers.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
An excellent team of sales ,info and Polite and informative.
from Saint Leonard, MD
The Pastels were well packaged and protected for shipping. Of course I tried them out asap and they did all that I expected. Wonderful colors and great fun to work with.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Good for Outdoor Color Sketches!
By Tree Painter
from Eagle Point, Oregon
I watched a video by an artist who had Holbein make an assortment of soft pastels for her. I purchased the set from Blick and have found them to be useful for outdoor sketches. The combination of colors is good. My one concern and why I only use Holbein pastels for sketches is they need a fixative to prevent fading. (I saw that on the Blick website.) I do not use fixatives on soft pastel paintings because it can dull and darken my work. However, as a tool for sketches, Holbein makes a good product and it would be good for those who use a fixative.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
First time user of Holbein Pastels
By Linda pastelist
from New York
This pastel is a hard pastel. I love the shape. It has crisp sharp edges that are good for detail. The are wonderful for shading and using a light touch. The color variety is vast. I had a hard time choosing !
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Holbein Artist Oil Pastels
I have used these particular Holbein oil pastels for over 28 years and have found these to be the truest in color, ease and powerful tools of artwork. I have sold many paper pieces using these pastels, and of the ones that I have that are at least 25 years old, the colors remain true. The colors are like pure sticks of color, and you can use them in a variety of ways. I tend to keep working over and over building up layers and the sticks start to blend and the colors are as true as using oil paint itself. I only use these after trying many others.
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