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These German-made pencils are world famous for their quality, lightfast pigments. Their opaque, water-soluble colors blend beautifully and erase easily. The large-diameter lead can make broad strokes or be sharpened to a fine point for details and lettering.
Draw with CarbOthello pencils as you would draw with a pastel stick. CarbOthello pencils can also be used like watercolor pencils — they respond instantly to a wet brush or pre-dampened paper. Pencils have semi-soft leads in a woodcased pencil form and are pre-sharpened.
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Love these pastels!
By Sal Gal
from Sullivan, New Hampshire
Comments about Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils:
Great for shading and blending!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love the range of colors in the 60 count size!
from Northern Michigan
Comments about Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencil Sets:
I had used a smaller set of these pastel pencils and liked them very much. It was time to move up to the larger set. Great range of colors and they blend well. Great value.
very nice product
just as always - a good product from Blick - thank you
Sampled a variety of pastel pencils recently, and tried them all side by side (Conte, Cretacolor, Caran d'ache, Faber Castell, Stabilo, Derwent), blending each together with charcoal and white pastel on the same brand/tooth of art paper for careful comparison. In the pic, Stabilo is 4th from the left. I was very happy with this and other Stabilos I had sampled, and ended up investing in a full set. Some caveats aside, so far, so good. At their best, Stabilos provide very rich color and saturation, a smooth/buttery application while still being highly blendable with both black and white charcoal, and Stabilo sells its own inexpensive sharpener that fits their pencils exactly. This was important to me because even the best electric sharpeners will just devour most pastel pencils, and meticulously hand-sharpening/sanding every two minutes gets pretty tedious. (The Stabilo sharpener does its job well thus far, but I sort of have the impression the blade is dulling pretty quickly.)All this being said, I think Conte is worth considering as well. I've been working up a color-by-color sample sheet for the Stabilo set I purchased, and while I feel like they provide a good bang for your buck and are mostly high in quality, the consistency from one pencil to the next seems to be a slight issue. I've more frequently encountered random chunks of binder in Stabilos than in Contes, and while the majority of colors are lovely, certain colors are very different in consistency and far more difficult to work with than others. Certain colors seem to lay down very unevenly and don't "take" to the paper as well as other colors, and opacity generally seems a bit all over the map. Saturation however is consistently vivid, and I've only had one pencil where the lead has been prone to breaking at all (and only at the very tip). In fairness, no brand is going to be absolutely consistent from one pencil to the next -- but, from what I have sampled, Contes seem to provide the somewhat su
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As Good as the Very Best
By Bill Hansen
from Ithaca NY USA
I'ved used these and also other brands, and these are as good as the best pastel pencils. The coverage and colors are excellent. They are invaluable when adding fine detail, and also when making an initial rough sketch on sanded paper. They arrived well packaged and completely intact. Like all pastel pencils, care is needed when sharpening them - but that's the nature or pastel pencils, not the brand. A couple of people have mentioned that the tin containing the pencils is difficult to open, but I haven't had any trouble opening it. My only regret with Stabilo pastel pencils is that I didn't order a larger selection with my first order of 12 pencils. I've since added another 15 colors. If you're at all serious about pastels, get the 36 color box. You won't be sorry.
Good color selection
I also use other brands to make up my required needs
from AL - Alabama
Great hard point allowing detail to get in pastel drawings. Sharpens easily with minimum breakage.
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from Ontario, Canada
You can count on Blicks to have the colours you need. They came in good time and were very well packaged. I had concerns about them arriving broken or at least banged up so the colour shafts would be broken but this was not case in the least!
Excellent is the word.
By Linda dog lover
from Waterloo IA
I am a hobby artist working almost entirely with pastels. Carbothello are the best, smoothest of all the pastel pencils I've tried, seldom fail to give me the assist I need to create minute detail when working expression in pet portraits. The only criticism is with "white" color, it doesn't work as smoothly as other CarbO colors on velour paper surface, but, on the other hand, no other brand "white" pastel pencil I've tried does any better. On any other type of pastel papers, it is as smooth blending as all the CarbO colors used.
from Rio Rancho N.M.
These are my favorite pastel pencils! The color is great and I really like the option of buying single pencils!
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