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Oil Pastel Landscape

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Oil Pastel Landscape

Oil pastels can be used alone to create a painting. Apply them thickly or thinly, blurred or clearly defined. They can be combined with oil painting mediums such as turpentine, paint thinner, or any of the painting oils to produce glazing, scumbling, or wash effects. Oil paints should never be used over oil pastels, because oil pastels never dry out, and oil paints will not adhere to the underlying surface. Oil paints can be used over an oil pastel wash, provided that the underlying surface is primed. Interesting effects can be achieved by scraping, scratching, smearing, or scrubbing the pastel surface. Oil pastels can be used as a resist with water-based mediums such as watercolor or acrylic. Waterbased paint will not mix with the pastel. Oil pastels can also be used with colored pencils and oil sticks. They can be used in conjunction with printmaking inks to create monotypes. Oil pastels can be applied with a palette knife to achieve impasto effects. For ease in application, the pastel can be heated or melted to obtain a smoother, more creamy or fluid medium. Recommendations for Supports — Sennelier Oil Pastels were created to free artists from technical restraints and the limitations of traditional supports such as canvas. They are extremely versatile and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces. Use them on acid-free drawing paper, at least 100–110 lb. weight, or on watercolor paper, at least 140 lb. A surface that is lightly textured, but not rough, is customary for oil pastels. Use them on museum board, illustration board, or any acid-free paperboard stock, or apply them to rigid supports such as wood, Masonite, glass, ceramics, or metal. Soft supports such as canvas, made of cotton, linen, or polyester, can also be used, as well as other natural and synthetic fabrics. Note — Although it is not absolutely required, Sennelier recommends applying a coat of gesso prior to painting on non-paper surfaces, to preserve the intensity and vibrancy of colors.
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Oil Pastel Landscape

Oil paints should never be used over oil pastels, because oil pastels never dry out, and oil paints will not adhere to the underlying surface. Oil paints can be used over an oil pastel wash, provided that the underlying surface is primed. Interesting effects can be achieved by scraping, scratching, smearing, or scrubbing the pastel surface.
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Oil Pastel Landscape

In 1949, Parisian painter Henri Goetz approached Henri Sennelier, the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax color stick for his friend Pablo Picasso. Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking. Their collaboration produced the incomparable Sennelier oil pastels. Originally available in a palette of classic hues, the color selection was expanded with the additional of metallic and iridescent hues. Beyond these classic hues, a selection of unique shades is available and, in particular, a gradation of grays, required for a balanced palette. This evolution is the fruit of a long-standing collaboration with European and North American painters who have worked with Sennelier to develop an exceptional palette of shades. The Sennelier Oil Pastel is a product that makes use of the components used in all Sennelier colors — top-quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium, and mineral wax. The pigments are ground with an inert, non-siccative binding medium that does not oxidize and that has no effect upon either the film stability or the surface. This base is then mixed with wax (neutral pH). The balance of this mix provides Sennelier oil pastels with a unique unctuousness and a creamy texture that allows for a great deal of freedom in pictorial expression. Sennelier Oil Pastels possess an extraordinarily high pigment content, thus providing them with a high coloring and covering potential, excellent brightness, and a high degree of light stability (with the exception of metallic and fluorescent shades). The remarkable properties of these components, along with their precise dosage, provide Sennelier Oil Pastels with unique properties, making the brand a world-recognized reference. Note — To protect an oil pastel surface from dirt and dust, apply a fixative 8 to 10 days after the work is completed. The fixative will not dry the work. If desired, a final varnish spray can be applied to seal the surface permanently, but this may adversely affect future restoration possibilities. Set of 120, Wooden Box — This set contains a total of 125 pastels, including five bonus pastels selected by Sennelier. A set list of the 120 pastels can be found in the Item Specs tab. Test Pack, Set of 6 — Includes one each of Black , Green Medium , Permanent Intense Red , Ultramarine Blue , Yellow Lake , and White .
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Oil Pastel Landscape

All of the tutorials on this page involve the use of pastels. Pastels come in a variety of forms including soft pastels, hard pastels, oil pastels, and pastel pencil. They can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, canvas, masonite, and illustration board. Pastel drawings can resemble paintings when complete and sometimes are refereed to as “paintings”, although the process is decidedly a drawing process. The medium is considered a traditional medium for creating art.

Oil Pastel Landscape

Using any cheap materials can be discouraging. If you are just starting out, I would recommend “Expressionist” Oil Pastels by Sakura. They are inexpensive, but fairly good quality. These are the oil pastels that I use. The binder never evaporates completely, so yes the painting “stays wet”. I would suggest storing in a drawer with a cover sheet. Oil pastels, I feel, are far less messy than soft pastels. I love oil pastels – you should give them a shot and see if you do too.
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Oil Pastel Landscape

Hi Thelma, Using any cheap materials can be discouraging. If you are just starting out, I would recommend “Expressionist” Oil Pastels by Sakura. They are inexpensive, but fairly good quality. These are the oil pastels that I use. The binder never evaporates completely, so yes the painting “stays wet”. I would suggest storing in a drawer with a cover sheet. Oil pastels, I feel, are far less messy than soft pastels. I love oil pastels – you should give them a shot and see if you do too.
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Oil Pastel Landscape

Thinner paper like sketch paper can be quickly stained through with oil pastels, because there is actual oil in the medium.  If you are going to an art store prior to beginning working with oil pastels, I would suggest a pad of Canson XL Mix Media, or if you are feeling especially confident and ready to get serious right away, grab some Pastelbord by Ampersand (my favorite oil pastels surface!).
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Oil Pastel Landscape

The Sennelier Oil Pastel is a product that makes use of the components used in all Sennelier colors — top-quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium, and mineral wax. The pigments are ground with an inert, non-siccative binding medium that does not oxidize and that has no effect upon either the film stability or the surface. This base is then mixed with wax (neutral pH). The balance of this mix provides Sennelier oil pastels with a unique unctuousness and a creamy texture that allows for a great deal of freedom in pictorial expression.
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With oil pastels, any paper surface can be used, however for best results I would recommend a heavier paper such as pastel paper.  A toned Canson mi-tientes is a good starting paper with oil pastels, however you want to consider a heavier paper.

When painting with oil pastels, Shipperley is most concerned with distilling his subject matter to its essence, using very little detail. Burst of Purple (below) elegantly distills the subject, utilizing energetic complementary colors showcased in front of lively neutrals; the sole details a few branches incised into the impasto oil pastel with the corner of a razor blade. “I started with greens originally,” he explains, “but I wasn’t entirely happy with the color. I chose the purple almost instinctively. You can still see tinges coming through. The sky was the most difficult part because I wanted the color to stay out of the way, behind everything. I finally covered the tree so that I could see only the three bands on the left side and found the right color that way.”  Additional sparks of saturated yellow beneath the tree accent the yellow-green swash across the foreground that has been scraped with the edge of a blade.
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* I’m not saying it is a must, or the only important thing, to get a high quality set of oil pastels. Just that it should be strongly considered. I have heard from many artists who were turned off by oil pastels because they were using a cheaper brand, but then later discovered they actually loved oil pastels when using a better quality.
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Very often the way you might expect colored pencils to work or oil paint to work, or even soft pastels will work, isn’t going to be the same with oil pastels.  So it takes a little bit of practice to begin with, just to get familiar with the ins and outs of how oil pastels are to be used.

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