View Full Version : Using oil sticks as a substitute for oil tube paints

08-08-2010, 12:27 PM
Hello Everyone,

I currently use transparent watercolors but feel the desire to experiment with a thicker more opaque medium such as gouache and hopefully oil bars.

What I am hoping to do is work in a painterly style using a substitute for oil paint. I am hoping to mix colors on a palette and paint mostly using traditional oil brushes.

I have used oils in the past and had a sta-wet palette but I no longer want to worry about keeping my paints moist or drying out between painting sessions.

I have read several threads in WC but could not find specific information about brush painting as the primary method of application when using oil pastels.

I would appreciate suggestions and the experiences others have had. Also, I would like to know what paint surfaces and brand of sticks are recommended.

Thanks from a newbie member,


Pat Isaac
08-09-2010, 08:29 AM
Hi John,

I moved this thread to the oil pastel talk forum and there are lots of suggestions over there.
Here is a link to that forum: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=-1&f=432


08-16-2012, 10:08 PM
John I do my blending on the paint surface, or in a old pringles chip lid. Simply use any oil you have handy, cooking, olive, baby oil etc. and scrub the brush into the pastel stick add a touch of the oil and repeat with the second color. This one I did that way on canvas -


Then clean up your brushes with soap and water as if using acrylics

08-16-2012, 10:54 PM
Wow Tim!! How did you find this thread, it's two years old? The discussion continued over in our talk thread.