Oil Pastels and Books

Decades ago I tried oil pastels and couldn’t get anywhere with them. They are difficult to use and blend but they seem to have improved them lately. I am going to try and sketch with them on my other blog so decided to buy a mid-range quality set and got the Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist set of 50 sticks. Oh, such beautiful colours!

As well, I bought two books: Oil Pastel Step by Step by Nathan Rohlander which is one of those handy Walter Foster publications, and one that is more comprehensive, Oil Pastel for the Serious Beginner by John and Sheila Elliot. John would be disappointed in me for not buying Sennelier oil pastels but I just want to mess around a bit with the medium, not break the bank. Besides the Sennelier sticks are like lipstick they are so creamy, which I don’t think would suit me.


I hope to have fun with these, particularly on toned paper.

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