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Autieri
07-31-2000, 12:19 AM
Can anyone give me some advice on using oil pastels? Specifically, I'd like to know if there's any technique for mixing the pastels together to alter intensity and hue. It seem s like oil pastels only come in a limited color range - which seems to mean that there must be a way to mix them to get a greater range of hues.

I'm an absolute beginner at this. So I appreciate any guidance anyone can offer.

--- Jerry

Arnold vd W
07-31-2000, 03:51 AM
Hi...
I'm a newbie as well, but do to my nature I do a lot of research in anything I attempt.
In this research I've come across the following:

To blend oilpastels, one can use "white spirit" to thin and blend the color.

HTH

(Haven't tried it myself yet ... still experimenting with charcoal and pencils to practice technique)

Autieri
08-01-2000, 02:46 AM
Thanks for your reply. I've heard of this method. I've also heard of there being colorless blenders for oil pastels. Are these sticks used to mix two colors together on the paper? If I could find some, maybe I could experiment and let you know.

Jerry

Arnold vd W
08-01-2000, 03:30 AM
Jerry
I've actually seen a demonstration with those blenders. It works very well.

It is available in the Van Gogh Oil Pastel product range here in our country.

See you around

[This message has been edited by Arnold vd W (edited August 01, 2000).]

CT
08-01-2000, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by Arnold vd W:
Hi...
I'm a newbie as well, but do to my nature I do a lot of research in anything I attempt.
In this research I've come across the following:

To blend oilpastels, one can use "white spirit" to thin and blend the color.

HTH

(Haven't tried it myself yet ... still experimenting with charcoal and pencils to practice technique)

You've got it Arnold. Another thing that you can do is to apply traditional oils onto what you've done with the oil pastels. It is great fun and produces a unique effect. I've used it mostly in loosely render landscapes and town scenes. Great for creating flashes or bright sunlight bouncing off trees and water and that sort of thing.
I've never used this on large works. Nothing large that about 12 X 16 or so. Have fun!

CT

skjacobs
03-30-2001, 02:51 AM
Cannot help you a whole lot as I personally have not worked with oil pastels all that much. HOWEVER,
in regards to the blenders that you referred to, I do know that Dick Blick Carries two different blender sticks for the Sakura line (Expressionist and Specialist). You may want to try that source. They are available on the internet also. If I remember correctly the above blenders sell for around $.50 to $1.00 depending upon the one purchased.
Another option that might be possible (not sure), you might also try the blender sticks that are sold for the Oil Paint Sticks manuf. by Shiva. They are also available through Dick Blick and anyone else that sells the Shiva Paintstiks (Oil Paint in self sealing sticks).
Hope the above helps you a little.
Charles