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11-05-2017, 07:15 PM
I am considering turning from soft pastels to oil pastels and I want to know some things before deciding:

How to blend them, is it difficult?

How to work in layers with them?

And any other thing I should know about them to decide if I want to use them.

11-05-2017, 08:37 PM
I have mixed feelings about them. My primary medium is oil paint.
There are times when I don't want to/have time to get the oil paint out, so I may use either my oil pastels or another medium.
I have a lot of oil pastels, a set of 24 art101, I think really inexpensive, then gallery and another student grade, and a set of grumbachers. When I'm in the right frame of mind, I do enjoy them, and generally use them for studies, since I'm not "good" with them.
There is a lot of information in this section on methods and materials, some classrooms, etc. Read through some of that information to get an idea of how to handle them.
Nice student grade ops are not expensive. I would suggest a set of at least 16, though.
I do a lot of my work on paperboard--the unprinted side of (food) packaging, since they are studies.
Look at the different threads here: many people produce wonderful, detailed work with them. There may be no reason you can't do the same.

11-05-2017, 11:48 PM
Hi Seli. Welcome to the oil pastels forum. Browse through the different threads in this subforum as well as the studio. Do post some of your art work there and you'll get ample help as you progress:thumbsup:
Blending can be done with fingers, tortillions, brushes and solvents.
You can work in layers using various techniques but mainly work in thin layers.
You can work on most surfaces but the surfaces handle different - a learning curve.

11-06-2017, 09:14 AM
They are super blendable, as long as you get good pastels. I really think the differences between artist and student supplies are huge for this medium. You really should get at least a few sticks of Sennelier to try. My other recommendation is Mungyo Gallery soft artist OP (like with Mungyo's soft pastel, you have to get the right line); they are very reasonably price and pigmented enough to go on top of Sennelier, so that's a clear winner for me.

For me the important thing about layering is to blend out each layer so it's smooth and thin, before adding the next one. Also, generally reserve Senneliers for the last couple layers.

11-19-2017, 01:06 AM
hi Seli
I definitely consider Sennelier as best, but defineitely expensive. I blend ops with turpentine using brushes or a rag. They offer great potentials when you alternate them with water solvable pastels; when you are done with your work you can spray some water creating areas of "conflict" that are producing incredibly interesting effects.