Oil Pastels Colors
Oil pastel colors are intense, versatile colors with a buttery texture. They are dense and fill up every grain of the paper. Oil and wax bonding gives rise to oil pastel colors.
Benefits of oil pastel colors
- Oil pastels are easy, quick and come in 25 shades, and 50 different shades
- They have characteristics of both and pastels and crayons
- These oil pastel colors are stable, and they do not crumble
- You can draw using oil pastels on any surface– paper, wood or canvas
- You don’t need any other fancy, expensive tools to create your art. Paper, pencil, and oil pastels can create amazing, realistic drawings.
- Oil pastels are super convenient. You can blend or layer them according to your wish
- They are best for still life, portrait, and landscape drawings
- Oil Pastels Colors are also affordable, portable, easy to clean, and easy to control
- They are kids friendly and non-toxic so that you can give them to your kids confidently.
Some tips and techniques:
Applying pressure and color mixing
- You can apply different oil pastel colors using high pressure. Heavy pressure produces a bold and textured effect. You can add layers of colors on top. This feature helps to create perfect shading.
- Light pressure creates a soft and delightful medley of colors.
- You can keep on layering different colors to achieve the desired effect.
Can oil pastel colors get spoiled?
No. You can use oil pastels years after years. However, they are temperature sensitive so they are soft during summers, and hard during winters. More delicate oil pastels make it easy to blend, and color-mix. You can heat hard oil pastels in a microwave or a heating pad for usage however, you can also use hard pastels for sharp effects.
Small dusty pigments come off while using oil pastels and they get smudged spoiling my art. What do I do?
Here are some quick tips:
- To get a perfect color blending, you need to scrape a little. For scraping, you can use a ruler or fingernails however, you should do it very carefully as it can increase the risk of spoiling your artwork.
- The best way is to use clean folded tissue paper to rub these pastel colors for color-mixing and blending.
- Similarly, you can even use your fingers to spread the colors smoothly and this method also helps to create accurate pressure needed.
- If some pigments come off the pastel color, you can lift the surface and tap it to allow the extra pigments to fall off.
My surprising personal experience with oil pastels
I used oil pastel colors during my school days when it was compulsory (the year 2008) then after that, I never used them until last month. They kept lying in the corner of my cupboard.
But recently, I have been watching some great art videos and felt like reusing those colors. Even after 11+ years, these colors areas it is, and I’m able to use them properly.
Let me share some of my childhood coloring images with you. Let me know what you think.
I’m sure it’s been long since you’ve used these so why don’t you think of picking these colors up again and reliving your childhood?