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04-25-2001, 06:52 PM
Hello there

Iíve been looking as some of the work being done using pastels and was after the good oil on using them.

Do they have a drying time?
Can you blend and mix colours?
And whatís with the different coloured paper?

Any hints or recommendations on reading matter are greatly appreciated



04-26-2001, 03:36 AM
Hey MarkL,
Welcome. Two kinds of pastels, oil and soft.Oil are waxy and soft are pure pigment held together with a binder and dare I say it chalk like.
Paper has tooth or roughness that holds the pastel when applied. They can be blended by rubbing as the soft pastel or by cross hatching and the oils can be done by cross hatching or using a small amount of 'turps' .
I personally like the soft pastels as they can be so responsive.
You do not mix to form colour tones as each colour will have several tints so your Sienna for example will have up to 8 tints depending on brand getting lighter from pure sienna.
Terry Ludwig sells pastel making kits to make your own, check archives for demonstration.
I havnt been very good describing this but they are definately great fun and some beautiful PAINTINGS have been produced in pastel.
An apologetic Billyg. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/redface.gif

05-04-2001, 02:29 PM

Here is some in-depth info on the use of <a href=http://painting.about.com/hobbies/painting/library/blbegoilpasteltips.htm?iam=dpile&terms=%2Boil+%2Bpastel>oil pastel</a> with tutorials and other links.


L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/) NAPA, PSA
2001/2002 Plein Air Workshops (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops/)

05-18-2001, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the info Diane. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif I had to bookmark that one so when I have the time....I'll check it out! Good site it is!

Art washes from the Soul, the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso

05-18-2001, 01:53 AM
Thank you for that link to oil pastels.
I have a set and only tried them once, but after reading this, Im more confident on giving them another go !!


Today - Im going to make someone smile !

05-18-2001, 06:45 AM
I usually paint in oils...(not oil pastels)but started about 2 months ago using soft pastels and i just love them.. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif


05-25-2001, 01:14 AM
Thanks All

just went and got some so will give it ago
and post somthing later when finished?

Thanks again