View Full Version : choosing one of the differnet pastels?

06-16-2007, 07:01 AM
Hi friends,
I am a junior oil artist... While trying different mediums in the beginning, I bought a box of oil pastels. to my surprise it worked just as children's crayons.. may be slightly better. i couldnot blend or mix colors.
Can someone let me know what Im doing wrong?
Now I am confused between oil and soft pastels... are soft pastels a kind of oil pastels????

Also I want something easier to use while travelling, like in trains to make quick sketches and at the same time be able to blend and mix should I need details.... what shall i buy?

Kathryn Wilson
06-16-2007, 08:51 AM
Going to send this thread over to the oil pastel forum where you will get lots of help and advice!

Pat Isaac
06-16-2007, 09:04 AM
Hi Kazuki and welcome:wave: You probably bought student grade OPs with a lot of wax content and therefore they do not blend as easily as some of the better brands. One of the less expensive professional brands that many use for traveling are CrayPas Specialists. These should blend well. The other pro brands are Caran D'ache neopastels, a little softer that the Craypas, Holbein artist, softer yet, and Sennelier these being the softest.
Oil pastels are not like soft pastels. The binders are different, inert oil and wax in OPs and gum tragacanth for the softies, plus pigment of course.
You might check out the pastel library for more information or just ask if you have more questions.


06-16-2007, 03:05 PM
Hi kazuki! Welcome to WC! :wave: I think Pat has pretty much covered the answers to the questions you asked, but I wanted to add that OPs are probably a good choice for a portable medium. I don't do plein aire, but I frequently paint in different locations inside (dining table, coffee table, desk) and I find OPs wonderfully easy to set out and then put away again. Also, sometimes the trick to blending is to get enough OP on the paper. This is often hard, although not entirely impossible, with the harder student brands (these also tend to have less pigment in them).

If you decide on some Specialists, or other OP brand, please let us know how they work for you. And I hope you'll share some of your work with us!

06-18-2007, 01:51 AM
Thanks a lot all... I ll try one of these and let u know the results.... :)