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Old 02-26-2018, 02:41 PM
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Holbein

I just splurged and purchased the Artists Holbein Set of 40. I've only ever used inexpensive Pentel, Cray-Pas, and Loew Cornell brands...
I'm excited to use professional grade oil pastels for the first time ever! lol


Does anyone use or have any tips or opinions of these pastels?
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:14 PM
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Re: Holbein

Sorry, I don't. I've only used senneliers, mungyo soft oil pastels, and craypas. I've heard they are soft, but maybe not as soft as the senns.
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Old 02-27-2018, 03:28 AM
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Re: Holbein

Holbeins are fun. They are opaque, rather firm but with a very smooth feel to them. I can't say I use them much. They are more of an addition and I use the light shades of the vandyke brown and indian red for skin tones. I don't think there are different tips for them than other ops. They are a bit annoying because they aren't wrapped which dirties your hands a lot more and tends to get the sticks dirty. I know some people wrap them. I've toyed with the idea of using cigarette rolling paper to wrap them. Never tried it, though.
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Re: Holbein

I have this set and really like it. I actually considered no wrappers a plus. I turn my sticks on their sides for large passess often especially sky’s. I use them in conjunction with Senneliers. The bulk of my paintings a Holbein with Senneliers for final passes. I use a lot of paper towels to clean my sticks and hands often. I also like to use mineral spirits and paint brushes with these for blending. I recommend keeping the colors in their separate little boxes as you work as to not get the sticks dirty.
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Re: Holbein

Am going to try the cigarette paper. Hate using broken pieces and pastel under my nails
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Thanks for the tip about mineral spirits and brushes.
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Re: Holbein

If I had to pick only one brand of OP, it would easily be Holbein artist-grade. I'd hate to give up my giant stick of white Sennelier and their giant blender stick, but Holbein s are my favorite consistency overall, and they are so pigment rich.
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