Smooth and easy-to-use, oil pastels offer artists a versatile painting medium. Use them on their own or together with other media, such as acrylic, watercolour or oil paint. Oil pastels are excellent for colour blending and can be used on a variety of toned and textured surfaces, including paper, canvas, card, wood and clay pottery. Coming in a wide range of colours, and in multiple sized sets, you’re sure to find the perfect oil paint pastel for your needs. Shop oil pastels online today and get same day dispatch. Shipping over $100 and Afterpay are also available. Art to Art also stocks other kinds of pastels, such as soft pastels, pastel pencils and hard pastels – so be sure to check out those art supplies before you go!
What are oil pastels?
An oil pastel is made from pigment and a binder. Formed into a stick, you can use it for both drawing and painting.
Can oil pastels be used on canvas?
Yes! Oil-based pastels can be used wet or dry on any surface, be it paper, board, canvas or wood.
What are oil pastels best for?
Oil pastels can be used for a number of art styles and techniques. You can use them to blend, sketch, paint or to create Sgraffito effects. Sgraffito is where you put down one surface, then cover it with another, and then begin to scratch the top layer so it starts to reveal the bottom layer.
Are oil pastels easy for beginners?
They sure are! You’ll be able to find plenty of tutorials online that show you how to use oil pastels as a beginner.
How do you use oil pastels?
Just like any other drawing material! So you can use them to draw or blend with your fingers.
What is the difference between soft pastels and oil pastels?Unlike soft pastels, oil pastels won't smudge, crumble or create dust. Oil pastels are made with a binder that keeps the pigment together, which means the end result is usually very creamy and oily in texture.