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Old 04-16-2012, 07:49 AM
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Pointed Oil pastels?

Please excuse me if my question is a dumb one. I just did a research in German art shops regarding oil pastels, and there's one which has Senneliers and the jaxon brand I've got. Now I noticed that the Senneliers are pointed, and my Jaxons aren't. In the beginning it is possible to make exact strokes with the edge, but then it gets more and more difficult. Do you sharpen oil pastels in order to be able to work more in a detailed manner or is this totally out of the question?
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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

I moved this thread over here so you will get more feedback.
Not a dumb question at all, ulla. I think it would be hard to sharpen the Senns, but Russ, one of our OP artists, sharpens his neos with a crayon sharpener. I'm sure you can get these almost anywhere they sell crayola crayons.
Here is one of his threads where he explains that.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1055502
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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

Hi Ulla. Fine lines are a problem with oil pastels so I usually avoid them. Quite often if I need a fine line, I will find a irregular corner on my oil pastels and use that temporary narrow edge. I'm much too cheap to sharpen my oil pastels. often I will lay down a line with a stick that is a bit too blunt and then scrape the excess away with my paper stump. This scrape away is also done with a razor blade or an exacto knife.

If the oil pastels haven't been applied too thickly a colored pencil can make the line.

You can also scratch a thin line in the over lying oil pastels especially if the underlying layers are either much darker or much lighter than the overlying colors. (I'm having a brain freeze and think how to properly spell the term.)

I don't really like this last technique because, if you are close to the painting, the lines just don't seem to look right.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:58 PM
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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

Another way is if you have a color shaper or clay shaper with a flat edge you can scrape the pastel with it to get a bead of color that can be precisely laid. It is a bit of work but it allows you to lay a tighter line down.
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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

My favorite way for a sharp edge is to lay your straight edge paper down or removable tape or thin plastic (like an x-ray sheet) and paint over it. Lift it off, there's your straight.

Next favorite is to scrape back with a razor or pallet knife.
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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

I don't sharpen my oil pastels. I'm w/Hal, too cheap and don't want to waste any part of the pastel stick.

I use one of two tools: a Kemper Wipe-out tool or a clay shaper.

I lay down a thin edge and then use either tool to extend the line out. It comes out nice and thin. The Kemper Wipe-out tool creates a thinner/clean line more so than does the clay shaper. See picture below.

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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

I like that Kemper tool, Mary. I had not heard of this one.

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Re: Pointed Oil pastels?

Like most others, I use clay shapers. Have never tried to sharpen an OP. The portfolio ones come sorta sharpened like crayon shape though.
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