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Old 04-06-2012, 12:48 PM
all4art all4art is offline
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Re: paper, brushes, tips????

I have just started using oil pastel and I love them! I use a blending stick and colorless crayon (like you use for watercolors) for blending. I also use a very soft piece of leather for blending. I use regular pastel paper with a grid pattern. I have also used matt board with a grid pattern and they both work well. I believe you can use canvas and blend oil pastels with turpenoid or other oil medium. I have experimented with oil sticks and they are great for the outdoors and plein air painting.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:55 PM
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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.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:54 PM
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Re: Paper, Brushes, Tips

I moved this over here to the talk forum as I thought you would get more feedback.
I use paper stumps and clay shapers for blending plus my fingers. Someuse solvents, but i don't use and and I work mainly on gessoed hardboard.
Colorfix paper is also a good option as it has a nice tooth for oil pastels.

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Old 05-05-2012, 05:33 PM
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Re: Paper, Brushes, Tips

Hi all4art! I found a very inexpensive set of 4 or 5 pottery tools in plastic that make nice lines, mash in the crumbs, and for scraped shapes and. Useful for OP's and also acrylics. I choose to use only soap & water art supplies so no solvents for me- but others here will chime in on that. Simple stuff, OP, like the others here said - stumps and fingers and you are all set!
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