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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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from Key west
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Lovely saturated colour...last forever...
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
from Yakima, WA
As a new pastel artist, I have really loved using these pastels.
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from Sequim, WA
Schminke pastels are ther perfect texture and the colors are gorgeous. They go on super nice even over other soft pastels without making yuck. They are my new favorite.
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These are a high end product are certainly live up to that expectation. Creamy and rich, they are a pleasure to work with... rich and luxurious!
Richly Pigmented Pastel
from Garland, TX
I use a combination of La Maisson du Pastel (Roche) and Schmincke pastels. I find that the Schmincke pastels have advantages and the Roche pastels also have advantages (besides the higher price gap where Roche costs about triple what Schmincke does). The Schmincke pastels have incredible color saturation, texture & purity beyond other brands such as Rembrandt & Sennelier. I still prefer them over Roche for large areas of smooth color. The Roche pastels afford greater color purity in blending, but the Schmincke pastels still offer an superior blending quality for their price range. They also hold together better than other brands.
I have a Love Relationship with this Pastel!
By Dianna Carter
from Youngsville, NC
Working with these pastels makes my day. So far I have used it for both dry and wet pastel techniques. The smooth application is wonderful. I have been able to refine my way of applying the colors to one of ease and using a more gentle touch. The color hues make it easy to trust that the color I pick will work with the other colors I am using.At this point, I have no complaints about this wonderful pastel color line.
from Austin TX
Schmincke pastels are soft and high quality. I use them in the later stages of painting. The colors are really beautiful - especially the reds and blues. Excellent deal buying them on Blick which always provides prompt and excellent service.
Best Product, Best CSR & BEST Price!
By One Great Artist
Thanks to a teacher allowing me to use a piece of her Schmincke pastel, I fell in love with this product. The colors are beautiful and it is soft and thus easy to create the look that I want in my artwork. I am very happy that I did order this 30 piece set. It is proving to be everything that I want in a soft pastel. Blick's price was better than any other online art supply. The Customer Service is awesome and WOW is my word for the Product Support Group.
Top Notch Soft Pastel
I'm collecting these mostly handmade pastels as I learn of new colors I need for various projects, along with the fully handmade Roche (la maisson du pastels) pastels. They cost a fraction of the Roche pastels but pack the same color saturation. The main difference is that they are considerably softer. I like having both for different purposes, but I find that the Schmincke pastels do most of what I need and their performance and richness surpass that of most in their class. At just around $4 for a full-size stick through Blick, they are an outstanding value especially if your goal is professional quality work. They will be a permanent mainstay of my studio.
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