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01-10-2012, 01:40 PM
Hello. I have tried to search for this but I think im not using the right wording. I have a large oil pastel painting that has a big shine/glare part right in the middle of the sky. If you look at it from an angle its not there, but i dont want people to have to look at my paintings at an angle. Does anyone know how to get rid of the shine of oil pastel paintings? I have read that CP users just take a piece paper towel and wipe it across the work to try and get rid of it, but I dont want to try that with this painting just yet until I get some advice. The painting is done on Uart 400 and it would suck if any papertowel lint was left on the painting. any advice would be appreciated.
01-10-2012, 11:15 PM
Hi. I had posted this thread earlier but when I checked it a few minutes ago, I couldnt find it.
I have a large oil pastel painting i did that is showing a lot of glare in the center of the blue sky. Is there a way to give oil pastels a mat finish without spraying something on it?
Thanks for any advice
01-11-2012, 11:36 AM
Hi Stephanie, I'm not an expert on the issue and hopefully Pat will have a definitive answer.
Some of my pieces that I used a large, flat silicone shaper to spread the oil pastels around tended to show a lot of glare because the surface was so smooth. If I had left more texture there would have been less glare.
Are you framing under glass????? Some folks use antiglare glass but I don't like it myself. I tried the anti glare and some prospective buyers didn't like it so I quit using it.
If you are experimenting with fixing the surface and then varnishing the surface, then a matt varnish should do the trick.
It's not recommended to frame an oil pastel without something protecting it's surface. It is never completely stable like an oil painting and suseptible to damage unless glazed in some manner.
There are some artists who varnish their oil pastels. However, they usually do extensive prepratory work in the painting first. The jury is still out on this procedure.
01-11-2012, 12:16 PM
Ah. Yes i did use a silicone tool to smooth out the surface. Im going to see what i can do with it tonight. I dont have any fixatives or glaze and am very weary about using them anyway.
Thank you for your help
01-12-2012, 01:06 PM
I wouldn't use any fixes....not a sure thing yet. You might just add some moreOP to that area and it should take the glare away as OPs themselves are not shiny.
01-13-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi Stephanie, it looks as if your missing post has shown up. I think we covered the subject a bit in your later query.
As far as using paper towels: use Bounty, supposedly lint free (100% cotton) I don't often use them on an oil pastel and I haven't had any problem but I use them with a light touch.
01-14-2012, 08:44 AM
CP users use the paper towel to get rid of wax bloom on their paintings. I don't think that is your problem here and I would hesitate using the paper towels.
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