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Old 09-25-2015, 09:16 PM
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half sticks of soft pastel

Hi folks, I want to get my first set of soft pastels and there is a sale going on that has rembrandt half sticks on for a good price. My question is: The half sticks are unwrapped so how would I know the name of the color? Is there a paper insert that would come with the set that lists the names? I've tried to find out but have had no success so far. I would sure appreciate your input on this...
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:34 PM
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Re: half sticks of soft pastel

I have a 60 color Rembrandt half sticks set. Checking... it's a black cardboard box with a colorful card stock sleeve that holds it closed. Color chart is on the side of the sleeve. Color numbers with tiny printed hue swatches easy to match to the contents of the box. No problem reordering any color I use up.

This set is really handy. It's a comfortable size and the pastels are artist grade, medium soft, versatile. Controllable, softer than hard pastels, easy to use for side strokes.

BUT - get cheap sandpaper from hardware store. The compressed sticks have a sort of film or coating that's compacted pigment and you need to sand that off to get smooth laydown on side strokes. I've been gradually doing mine, when I forget to I wind up having to wear down an area of the coating on scratch paper or sandpaper scraps to get full coverage. I'm lazy and haven't done them all yet.

There's also a folded insert with a list of all the colors and bigger swatches, so you can check names in that or go to Dick Blick and read the listed colors on that set on the information page for the product. I do a lot of checking on the Dick Blick site.
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Re: half sticks of soft pastel

Thank you so much Robert! That is the box I was looking at also...the 60 half sticks....I'm totally new at soft pastels and also this forum, I finally found where I had posted the question, I've been searching to see if anyone had given me an answer yet..lol......Sure appreciate it....
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Re: half sticks of soft pastel

My one suggestion on the 60 color set, is to also buy the darkest violet Rembrandt has from open stock. Break that stick and substitute it for one of two near matching dark grays or browns. Deep dark violet is a dead useful color and the only "necessary" color not included in the 60 color set. Just save the other gray one for later, it'll prove useful and you can swap them back and forth if you like.



Here's a photo of my set to give you an idea of the color range, the near duplicate neutrals are on the bottom row. Purple that's only one step up from black is best. Maybe replace black with it since it substitutes well for it.
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Re: half sticks of soft pastel

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My one suggestion on the 60 color set, is to also buy the darkest violet Rembrandt has from open stock. Break that stick and substitute it for one of two near matching dark grays or browns. Deep dark violet is a dead useful color and the only "necessary" color not included in the 60 color set. Just save the other gray one for later, it'll prove useful and you can swap them back and forth if you like.



Here's a photo of my set to give you an idea of the color range, the near duplicate neutrals are on the bottom row. Purple that's only one step up from black is best. Maybe replace black with it since it substitutes well for it.


To my eye (maybe is camera not truth) yellows look very similar.its sad i cannot use this brand is clearly cheaper than otjher brands what i use and they can be used for backgrounds. but seems Caolin clay is problem to me.
feel there is some nice colours in them and with good lightfastness i think.(based pigments)
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Re: half sticks of soft pastel

The set of Rembrandt 60 half sticks was my very first "real" artist-grade pastel set. It is from *cough* last century.....
I still have it and I still use it.
i have acquired many more since- more rembrandts and more everything else...but they are a solid quality pastel and you will like them very much.

The nice thing about acquiring art supplies is that they never expire and are always there when you need them.
I never sanded mine but it is a good idea.
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