Oil pastels pair perfectly with canvas, paper, card or even board. Each surface is a unique opportunity to put your oil pastel techniques to good use or even pick up new ones.
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This paper is thick, has a nice tooth pattern, and can hold several layers of oil pastels without any issues. Aside from oil pastels, I have tried using this paper with other art media and they worked well. Some even work better than others.
It's better to let the first layer of color be rather light. If you color with wiggly, erratic patterns, rather than scrubbing a thick coat into the paper, there is room on the “teeth” to catch other colors later, making the blending process easier.
This is the best surface for any pastel work as you are able to apply more pressure and often more layers to your work without any bleeding or smudging. This is because the rough surface sticks better to your oil pastels, leaving less chance of gaps between colors and aiding in absorption.
You'll also need a surface that is heavy (that is, thick and sturdy) enough to withstand layers of oil pastels. Thin or flimsy papers will just soak up the oil and get ruined over time. If you want to use paper, choose one that is 140lb or heavier.
Oil pastels are just basically oil paint in stick form. If you use regular paper, the oil from the pastels seeps into it and makes a horrible mess when you try to erase them out. The oils will also bleed through the paper and ruin any other artwork that comes after it if your not careful what your doing.
Watercolor papers are generally very thick that the oil pastel will not bleed through the paper. The smooth surface of watercolor paper makes flowing and smooth blending or color mixing.
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You can also use a small piece of cloth to blend oil pastels. Wrapping cloth around your finger will keep your finger clean and allow you to blend in smaller areas.
On a beginner level, use oil pastels to simply draw and blend with your fingers. Use a spatula or palette knife to blend while adding texture to your artwork. Alter your oil pastels by adding an oil medium such as mineral oil or baby oil to create a paint-like consistency.
Textured paper is the most popular surface for pastels, but you can also use boards, canvas, and even sandpaper.
The textured Bristol paper, known as vellum, is a good choice if you are working with oil, pastels, crayons, pencils, or graphite, and charcoal. Mediums like graphite will adhere well to the texture. When it comes to choosing a brand of Bristol paper, Strathmore Bristol paper comes out at the top.
Cold press illustration board (vellum) is best used for graphite pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, sketching stick, pen & ink, marker, soft pastel, mixed media, oil pastel, light wash watercolor and collage.
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Oil Pastel can be used on various substrates and surfaces: different kinds of paper, canvas, primed wood panel. Primed canvas is best if you're trying to mix with oil paint or oil mediums such as stand oil, mineral spirits or other solvents.
Oil pastel is unlike oil paint in that it never dries. The drawing/painting will always be smudge-able and can attract dust to the surface. Oil pastel drawings are always framed behind glass to protect them.
Rough watercolor paper: Watercolor paper can be used with pastels because of its toothed texture. This will provide a gentler surface ideal for blending with your finger.
Named after the Neoclassical French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Ingres paper is a uniquely textured paper ideal for pastel drawing. The surface of this paper is formed on a cylinder mould machine by pressing the paper fibres between the cylinder mesh and the marking felt.
Bristol generally describes a drawing paper that is glued together under pressure to form multi-ply sheets. Bristol sheets provide a stiff, strong surface to work on without the need for mounting.