Oil Pastels

What are Oil Pastels?

Often oil pastels are mixed up with soft pastels but in terms of their qualities they are very different.  I explain the differences and give some tips about oil pastels and how they can be used.

Oil pastels I’ve found in my teaching experience are often overlooked and an unpopular medium, usually purchased by mistake instead of soft pastels.  There is great potential with oil pastels however and they are worth a try at least once to explore their possibilities.  

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What Type of Paper Do I Need?

This will depend on the type of media you are using (pencil, watercolour, acrylics etc.). Paper is important because if the surface is designed for your media then the results will be better.  The range of papers available is vast and it can be a bit bewildering in the art stores to know what paper is for what.  There are several factors to consider; paper weight, paper texture, paper colour and paper size.

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