View Full Version : Question about oil Pastels?

08-03-2005, 09:35 AM
I am experimenting with a set of pastels, they are Loew Cornell I bought from Michaels-- set of 30 large for 5.00 and a sketch pad 60 # paper.
I guess I thought the pastels were going to be looser and able to blend one color in to another but these I have are like greasy crayons and don't blend one color into another very well? I am sure I am not doing it right but could someone explain to me the difference in pastels and paper? A help link for me to get a better clue what I should be expecting with different products? I looked around a little but didn't see an FYI page for the beginner. :confused: My guess right now is I purchased JUNK and can't do much with them...
I am going to give them to the grandkids to play with as it feels to me as that is all they are good for :(
Thanks for the help

08-03-2005, 10:45 AM
The pastels you bought are of low student grade quality. They are really inexpensive and so alot of people buy them to give the medium a try. Other student brands would be: Reeves, Pro-Art, Mungyo...

The artist grade OPs are significantly different. The brands you see pop up most frequently here are Caran d'Ache, Holbien, and Sennelier. They are significantly easier to work with. I really love my Caran d'Ache ops (for as much as I use them - I'm more of a softies gal myself). You should see about picking up a few of these brands in open stock (or order a op sampler from Dakota Pastels) to experiment with.

Holbien also makes a student grade pastel - it is round and has a paper label, while the artist quality one is square and has no label. The student grade is of decent quality too, so that might be a less expensive route for you to take in trying out the medium...

I've also pulled a few links out of the pastel library for you.

Different Surfaces for OPs

Oil Pastel Brands

Oil Pastel Info

08-03-2005, 02:20 PM

Nowadays I use soft pastels (dry ones) but my first attempt was with oil ones.
I bought Van Gogh ones from Talens, the same house of the Rembrandts (softs)
Of course that cheap pastels won't behave as more expensive ones. Mind tough that it also depends upon the person using them, of course.
Don't forget that you can blend the oil ones with an oil medium, like turpentine. I guess one can also try alcohol, but not sure.
If you are really interested in oil pastels, why not buying a beginners book ?
Meanwhile check the site http://www.about.com and see if you can find anything interesting by doing a search.
One idea for you to practice on would be to buy some cheap sandpaper, let's say between P600 and P800 wet or P320 and P400 dry so you can see if you like sanded surfaces.

Best regards,


08-03-2005, 03:37 PM
Thanks Cori & Jose'
I am going to check out the links this evening.

Kathryn Wilson
08-03-2005, 08:00 PM
I'm going to move this over to the Oil Pastel forum - you'll find lots of help there.