View Full Version : Mungyo Oil Pastels

Sandy K
07-12-2007, 10:17 AM
These are really great oilies........I have been doing a lot of experimenting with a lot of different media of late. I saw that Jerry's reduced their Set of 48 to $5.99.....thought......why not........so when they came, I plopped them on some CP Watercolor Paper Scrap I had lying around........I am impressed......very impressed with them. Their colors range and colors themselves are awesome. I like them better than the Specialist. I don't like Sennies..too soft for me... Just thought I would plop a note on here in case someone else might be interested.....at 13 cents a piece, it is a heck of a deal IMHO......no I am not affliliated with JA.....I just think this is a good deal....shipping stinks though.......

Just remember these are not Gallery Pastels.....these are Gallery "Mungyo" Pastels......there is a difference. I also love the Mungyo Softies.....I have no idea why people don't use them more.

Have a great weekend everyone. Doctor just gave me "no restrictions" on Tuesday, so hopefully, I can get back into the swing of things soon.

07-12-2007, 11:51 AM
What about their lightfastness ?

Edit : I asked about it because I noticed that their price is suspiciously low. Aren't they student grade pastels?

Sandy K
07-12-2007, 12:17 PM
I have no idea about either thing. I just know they go on and blend smooth as silk.

Forgot to note that today is the last day for them at $5.99

Pat Isaac
07-12-2007, 04:23 PM
I would wonder about the same issues, Vanity. However, if this works for you and you like them keep working. Would love to see some posts.
Glad you are doing better.


07-12-2007, 07:11 PM
Please do post and let us know how they drive.......

07-12-2007, 07:31 PM
Sandy, glad to hear the doctor has given you the green light. Despite the description of these as suitable for artist as well as student use, I have serious doubts. The Mungyo web site I found has no information about the materials used and the price certainly is too good to be true for artist quality OPs. Light fastness is no doubt an issue. If you are just having fun and don't need to worry about archival issues, then use and enjoy them. Jane

07-12-2007, 10:54 PM
Mungyo Gallerys were, I believe, one of the first OPs I used. I say "I believe" because the ones I use have a label that says, "Art Studio." But I've checked them closely against the Mungyo color selection (they match) and the size is the same, and the Mungyo site says their Galleries are often re-branded, so I'm 90% sure that they're the same.

I found them to be an acceptable OP, and I still use them for underpainting. They're a lot harder than what I would want to work with now, but they're not as hard as Pentels, and the color selection is decent. A work I did 8 years ago shows no sign of fugitive pigment problems, but then who knows what will happen in another 20 years.

As a beginner, what might happen to a practice work in 20 years wasn't really too important to me. So for those just starting out with OPs and wanting to try them but not ready to invest in artist quality brands, I think Gallerys are a good choice.

Here's a link to a painting I did almost all with my Gallerys: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5152743&postcount=12
(Note that the final painting that's linked also has some Senns applied on top.)

Sandy K
07-12-2007, 11:33 PM
I brought this up because it was a darn good price. I am only an amatuer trying out different things. I have tried a few sticks of everything except the Holbeins. I like the Colourfix to work on the most, and I recently have been trying CP Watercolor Paper. I prepare my own papers/board with the Colourfix Primer but I was on limited activity and the Watercolor Paper was in close proximity so I tried and it and I really like it also.

I recently read an "Article" by Tom Christopher on WC and in his demonstration, he was using the Mungyo Softies. The painting he did was beautiful. People are so hung up on the expensive brands that they really don't give anything else a chance. Once in a great while, I drive into Detroit to the Detroit Institute of Arts and on Tuesdays, they have an open room where the oil pastelists from the area meet. A couple months ago I stopped in to see a friend of mine there, and I was asking her what Oilies were being used. The Mungyos were in the mix. So going with that info, when I saw the sale, I decided to purchase and I really like how they lay down and blend.

I "Goggled" the name "Mungyo" and heck there are about 10 pages and I read every one. A couple hits were talking about the "permanency".......I don't know if it is true.......like Annie said, hers hasn't faded.......and I most certainly don't think that I care about any of that in the next 100 years. Annie, by the way, that was a really nice painting.

If I were a selling artist, I might care about such things more. I do my art for myself, my family and my friends. I would have a difficult time selling them as my heart is in each one.

Some day I may just post an image. Pat has seen one oilie sketch I did of some trees when I first started out.......and it was on Canson........newbie on Canson.....not a good combination.....lol

Have a good weekend everyone. July is here and darn the summer is going fast.

07-12-2007, 11:49 PM
Sandy: I agree that if one isn't planning to ever sell one's work, it's a lot different, and the less-than-artist-quality-brands may be ok, especially as in your case, where you're experimenting with different things. I should probably add to what I said previously that while I found the Gallerys worked for me, I had to work hard to achieve some of the things I wanted to do. My Senneliers are easier to work with - for me.

Thanks for the compliment on my painting - and please post some of your pieces!

07-13-2007, 10:25 AM
Mungyo oil pastel is quite hard. it chisels out soft oil pastels. it Works fine with hard oil pastels.

In Hong Kong situation, oil pastels sold separately only on Van Go... & cara..d'ach .....& Sakur... l don''t want to buy a whole set if l just run out a color. l used to play with penta..... but collecting their set after set was not a fun thing to do.

hey,guy, l had 2 oil pastel paintings done on 1996(11years). My eldest sister told me they're still in good shape and color.