Re: paper, brushes, tips????
Hi All4art. You were telling us what you use. Were you looking for information on other possibilities?
For blending I use fingers, color shapers, paper stumps. I don't use solvents although some artists do.
I use canvas panels, 140# watercolor paper and gessoed masonite.
I usually gesso the panels and watercolor paper. Clear gesso on masonite gives a nice tooth for the oil pastel application and well as a nicely toned surface.
One artist said that he used a heat gun when blending oil pastels and I think a hairdryer should all work.