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    Exclamation Oil Pastels..Help!

    Hi, sorry if this was posted in the wrong forum, but I need some help with oil pastels. I really don't know how to use them very well, and I just need some tips/tutorials on how to use them. I'm using cray-pas and there probably not the best quality,and I do not have too many colors to work with. Dunno really how to blend them either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Plant
    I'm using cray-pas
    Throw them away.


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    Moved this to the appropriate section for you.

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    oil pastels are cheap for the most part and you can get a better selection of them for $10 - $15 at most art supply stores.

    As to the usefulness of them, they are a valid medium for more expressive work (impressionism,expressionist,abstract). Realism is probably not going to be easy with these tools -- however if you are really intent upon using them here are some tips:

    1) Work on a good quality pastel paper which is toned the color of the majority of the painting -- this reduces valuable time and resources filling vast areas of paper and give s a nice head start of the work -- canson is the brand best known.

    2) Quickly scribble in the masses of your underpainting and blend using mineral spirits (the same kind used for oil painting) with a brush -- this will get a good head start on the painting quickly and save much time.

    3) Lay in the final layers thickly pressing hard on the pastel to gain some impasto -- one of the many advantages of oil pastel versus regular pastel.

    4) If any blending is required in the final layers its best to get a blending stump for this as the mineral spirits is not ideal here.


    I would keep with the student grade for a while until you have an idea wether Oil Pastel is for you -- If you decide that it is I highly reccomend Holbien Artist Quality as your pastel of choice, you will find they are superior to nearly any other oil pastel availible -- however a complete set can set you back several hundred dollars.

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    even with the really good sennier oil pastel is is awesomely difficult to make pastels do anything. they are with out a doubt the most frustrating medium I have ever encountered. this includes Watercolour.
    Im not saying beautiful things cant be done withthem..they can. but I think you hav eto really love them as a medium to do that.
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    my opinion -- all pastels (oil or otherwise) should be applied "ala prima" with little or no blending or smudging.

    and choosing a paper color that acts as the main "fill" for your image sounds a bit odd to me. i often choose a directly contrasting hue to provide some of the benefits of an underpainting:

    this is not oil pastel, but similar effects can be obtained.

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    I agree about the blending but that was one of the questions asked... as to toned paper its a personal choice but my preference is to go for speed over effect -- effect is easily enough achieved if desired speed on the other hand is a premium that is hard to come by.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys!
    I'll post the results soon, hopefully I won't mess anything up too bad :]

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