View Full Version : How to paint with oil pastels

12-09-2010, 03:57 PM

I am a beginner in oil pastel. I found it is hard to get a clean overlay using OP. The new color mixes with the color already on the surface. This makes drawing highlight etc. very difficult as the white gets dirty very easily. Any tips?

Is OP supposed to mix like wet oil paint on canvas? or like soft pastel in which colors mix optically and light colors can cover dark colors relatively easy?

12-09-2010, 04:07 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Jun-2007/72737-KSimminsOPElders.jpg (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../Community/images/28-Jun-2007/72737-KSimminsOPElders.jpg)
This is a picture I borrowed from another post in this forum.

How do you achieve the crispy white/yellow lines? If I do this on my painting the light color won't adhere at all. i.e. the OP stick just skidded on the layer of color already on the surface and the underlying color will be transferred onto the light color stick.

I am using Sennelier OP.

Pat Isaac
12-14-2010, 04:55 PM
Hi and welcome to the OP forums...in the future it might be best to post your questions in the talk forum here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=-1&f=432
You will get a lot more feedback.
OPs often need to set up overnight, like oils, before working on them again. At this point you can then add more color. What kind of support are you using?


12-18-2010, 03:41 PM
many of the senneliers are transparent and so I have had that same issue at the beginning when trying to use those ones before I figured out about the transparency. . . my favs are Neopastels which are very opaque and easier to use for beginners IMHO.