Friday, August 20, 2010

Using Oil Pastels

I just bought myself some oil pastels to try for the first time and was wondering if anyone would like to share some techniques with me as I'm pretty much clueless here!  I love experimenting but don't want to frustrate myself :} Thanks! 
Amy Tuso


  1. Hi Amy,
    I have worked with oil pastels and they are fun. What works best for me is to do an underpainting of watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper and then add oil pastels. I prefer them to have a sketchy look, so I usually don't blend them. I think of them as crayons I guess. You have to be careful when you layer them though, because they can become muddy. I posted a painting earlier this week "August Flowers One" that I did with oil pastels and watercolors. Take a look and tell me what you think.

  2. I got all excited about oil pastels after seeing Jennifer Cavan's work at a local show. I've purchased the Ampersand boards and oil pastels and have finished one in her style. Look at her website and maybe it will inspire
    She does not frame them and works on an acrylic ground.
    Carol I loved your oil pastel and will try some on some watercolors. The problem with oil pastels is the Texas summer heat and NOT leaving them in the car.