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Unmatched in their softness and consistency, Schmincke soft pastels were created using the finest artist's pigments and a minimum of binders. The softness of the pastels permits a beautiful dense application, and the extremely high pigment concentration results in great color intensity.
Sticks are rich and buttery in texture. The pigments slide right off the stick without any crumbling or breaking. Schmincke Pastels are prepared by hand and by traditional machines, and also labeled by hand to help prevent breakage. Schmincke's generously sized full stick measures 2-5/8" long × 7/16" in diameter (67 mm × 11 mm).
Schmincke offers 55 pure colors, each of them available as a pure color (D), or in gradations with Black (B) and White (H, M, O):
Schmincke Artist Pastels also include a selection of 13 Dark Tones, available only in one concentrated gradation. White, Black, Serious Black, Silver, and Gold are also available only in a single gradation.
Gift Idea — A variety of special combination Schmincke Pastel sets are available. See Schmincke Soft Pastel Sets for pictures and more detailed specifications of these sets.
Complete Set of 400
Schmincke has expanded the range of colors with more than a hundred new shades, and this beautiful hardwood box contains both the original colors and the new ones.
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.
Minimum Order — Please order individual pastels (open stock) in a minimum of 6, so that we can efficiently package and ship your order. Your selection may be assorted to meet this requirement.
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I would definitely buy this product again.
By Holly Mommy
from Lancaster, Pa
Comments about Schmincke Soft Pastels:
I use these pastels to make scenic pastel paintings on sanded paper. The texture is soft and easily blended and the colors are vibrant.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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soft and rich
Amazing colors and ease of application. Some of the best pastels I've used.
from Richmond, VA
Really nice creamy texture, great color choices
creamy consistency, great coverage
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Schmincke Soft Pastels
from Chestnutridge, MO
As an artist who works a lot in pastels, I find Schmincke soft pastels excellent in quality, pigment range and ease of use. I prefer their black to other brands for creamy texture. This product works well on watercolor paper, pastel paper and sanded paper, as well as pastel boards.
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notice the texture of muzzel - blk almost velvety
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By Wise Man
from Victorville, CA
Schmincke soft pastels are very high quality pastels. They are a bit messy and seem crumbly/grainy when first handling, but the finished product on your canvas or palette is silky smooth. Perfect for blending. The average retail price may seem a bit high, but pace yourself on color selection and pick them up during sales.
great on pastel papers
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from Ruidoso, NM
My favorite soft pastel in the world! Gives my paintings a beautiful finish, with a soft texture that looks like an oil painting.
from Key west
Lovely saturated colour...last forever...
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
My favorite soft pastels
from Bend, OR
Let me begin by saying that I am a mixed media artist, who does not specialize in pastels. My use of pastels is rather limited: mostly for accents and more generously used in figure drawing and portraits. I absolutely love how smooth Schmincke soft pastels layer onto different types of paper (drawing, multi-media, BFK Rives, and even watercolor paper). I can easily blend this product, but it adheres to paper well enough to not be too easily smudged off. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. After trying several brands of soft pastels, Schmincke became my personal favorite and I can highly recommend this product.
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