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11-30-2015, 08:22 PM
I bought a little 4x4 art cube. Do I need to prime that with Gesso before using oil pastels on it, or do I just paint on it raw?

Also, once it's done, is there a way to make sure it doesn't smudge? Or am I just way out in left field to think of doing oil pastel on wood?


12-07-2015, 12:55 PM
Hello Bigcaat,

You would need to prime wood as it is porous and the oil would sink in. However, I don't think that oil pastels are particularly practical for a cube, as they'd smudge so easily and dust would get stuck to the colours. You can get fixatives for oil pastels, which might work, but I would think you'd be better off using something that dries fully, like oil or acrylic paint.

12-08-2015, 01:43 PM
Thanks, Sarah. That helps. :)

04-11-2016, 03:20 AM
Oh yes. You may want to first give the side of the wooden surface you are going to draw upon at least one coat of water-based polyurethane, in order to prevent any staining elements that may be present in the wood from eventually rising to the surface and staining your work of art. Then a couple of coats of gesso, and away you go.

04-11-2016, 12:47 PM
Thanks, 3243. :)