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View Poll Results: How have your Oil Pastel experiments worked?
Very well....can't wait to try more 28 45.16%
Alright...maybe I need to try some new ones 19 30.65%
Not well...but I'll keep trying 11 17.74%
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Old 10-28-2004, 09:47 AM
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Re: Hot tulips...oil pastel heat technique

Don't remember, Sue. Sometime before the GAME!!!! They won. The Red Sox that is....I haven't thought about doing it in color. I have a hard time doing a piece a second time and I've tried... Pat
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oh...wow...missed that...the curse is broken!!! They sure earned it. I can't go back either, but suppose going forward is not a bad thing

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Re: Hot tulips...oil pastel heat technique

Took the liberty of rating this thread I think this description of the technique would be a nice addition to the Library
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Oh, this is the thread Dyin started that got me interested in heating oil pastels. I knew it was around here somewhere and actually found it and did the poll too. I voted for experiments are going fine, or whatever the top choice was. Thanks Dyin, great ideas !
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Hi all,
I noticed that this thread keeps popping up to the top, even though there are no new posts. I think it may be doing this because of some feature to do with polls? Maybe every time it is viewed it pops up as new? Well, that's all I can figure, cause I know I haven't been looking at it or posting in it every few hours Just thought I would mention this, because it appears I am posting in it it very often but I ain't doing it. Except now of course. Oops. I am not really sure why it keeps popping back to the top saying I was last poster. It's being doing that for a few days, I am confused. It has been 4 days since I last posted in this thread, until now. Hmmm, I don't get it.
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Re: Hot tulips...oil pastel heat technique

Hi, and I'm thrilled with all the info to be picked up here. My experience with heating oil pastels is this:
I applied several colors heavily to a gessoed canvas and heated an encaustic iron slightly. I ironed the pastel to blend and smooth out the colors. I got a great effect. Then later I found that the oil pastel, once heated, became brittle and flaked off in patches. Not good. I also have tried warming the oil pastels in a bread warmer, but the outsides in touch with the warmer surface melted too much and made a mess. Does anyone know of a very gentle warmer for cold days in the studio? In summer, I have to keep my studio several degrees cooler than the rest of the house or else the oil pastels are just too soft.
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Welcome... Do you have a small electric heater that you could turn on in the area of your pastels? that might warm them up just enough.
Beautiful work on your site. What kind of OPs do you use?

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Hi Louise, I use a hair dryer to warm them up a bit for blending and put the painting in an unheated room or the fridge to cool them down a bit for layering.

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Hi, Louise, and welcome to the OP Forum. I happen to have my small spare-bedroom studio arranged such that my OP trays are right above my electric baseboard heating unit, and that keeps them from getting too cold in the winter. I like your horse and farm paintings. I was wondering whether you coat your foam board with anything? Jane
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Re: Hot tulips...oil pastel heat technique

I've tried monoprints techniques on fiberglass with various mediums.
I sanded down my fiberglass,and applied a layer of Gum arabic all over.
I paint on the fiberglass, and when I am ready I do my transfer on printing paper like rives, somerset, or Arches vellum.

Watersoluble oil pastels work very well. I do not melt them; but what I do is spray my painting on fiberglass with water when my painting is done, then place my printing paper on top and burnish it with a spoon.

It's really fun!
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"Does anyone know of apparatus for grilling/baking with a totally flat metal surface and adjustable heat?
Or does anyone have alternative ideas for encaustic techniques?
This could open up a lot of new possibilities for painting with oilpastels and waxcrayons.

Dick"

I use a large electric griddle with teflon surface for the oil pastels and encaustics. It is 14 x 15". I can mix colors right on the surface and pick them up with a bursh and paint them on the surface or I can heat in small metal containers and paint from that. Or I can paint on the surface with lit set on low heat with the op and then press the paper onto it.

I have used oil pastels in encaustic, drawing right on the wax, but if you are careful you can also use it on 300# paper and quickly hit it with the heat gun or blow torch being careful not to scorch the paper. A hair dryer was not hot enough for me. Then move it around with the brush or palette knife. I think the paper looks and works best if you have used a thin coating of wax to prime the surface of the paper because the oil pastel moves around more easily and doesn't suck right into the paper and stain it as quickly. You can also scratch back into the soft op to get a linear design.

The paper can also be set directly onto the griddle surface set on low and when warm you can draw right on the warm paper. Watch for overheating, heavy paper is best.
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Love the colors in this
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Hi,
I've found oil pastels more difficult to work with than soft pastels--they function more like crayons and you can't really blend much. Personally, for drawing, I prefer charcoal with some gray pastels. As for other supplies--pencils are pencils; use whatever lead works the best for you. I've had experience with oil paints and really enjoyed it--they take forever to dry, so they're easier to mix than acrylics, although this can cause problems with actually painting--you have to be patient. I've not really enjoyed my experiences with watercolors, but I'm not really much of a 2D person, anyway.
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Here is an experiment using this technique. I did it using a hot pan, cheap oil pastels, and aluminum foil in a heat transfer technique I read about in one of the forms. While not the easiest way to paint it does give a free impressionistic feeling to the painting.

Let me know what you think about these trees.
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