Can you utilize Oil Pastels and Comfortable Pastels Collectively?

We had been intrigued when studying Thomas Friedman’s evaluate of Sennelier Oil Pastels on jacksonsart.com about his methods utilizing pastels, so we requested him if he’d like to clarify additional. Friedman unusually makes use of comfortable and oil pastels collectively together with a drying oil: ‘these are terrific as they’re comfortable and canopy the watercolour paper I exploit for many pastel work handily. The colors are true and with a little bit of walnut oil they make splendid washes over surfaces which have been sealed with a workable fixative. Love them.’

Mixing Oil Pastels and Comfortable Pastels

By Thomas Friedman, Tallahassee, Florida USA

Within the following article, I clarify how I exploit oil and comfortable pastels collectively to create a wealthy number of tones and color as proven in my image, Feeding Frenzy.

Feeding Frenzy, Thomas Friedman

There are two methods I exploit usually.

The primary is to create a sturdy undercoat of oil pastels over which I add layers of sentimental and/or oil pastels. This could simply be scraped to disclose the colors or partially lined to create fascinating results.

Why use oil pastels right here relatively than watercolours?

I’ve discovered that making use of a closely pigmented oil pastel (Sennelier) blended with an alkyd walnut oil gives me with a extra sturdy base of color than watercolours (I’ve discovered it’s best to keep away from a watercolour base when one needs to scrape or in any other case add and take away layers of extra comfortable or oil pastels.)

140 lb Canson XL watercolour paper with mild layers of oil pastel utilized

As could be seen within the photos supplied, I begin with 140 lb watercolor paper (Canson XL) after which apply a light-weight layer of the oil pastels in numerous colors (see above) to which I add walnut alkyd oil (M Graham) utilizing a really stiff paste brush to unfold the walnut oil (see beneath).

M Graham Walnut Alkyd Oil and paste brush

The oil permits me to thinly unfold the oil pastels various the color and the tone whereas preserving the chew within the paper for later purposes of sentimental and oil pastels.

Oil pastels unfold with walnut oil and sprayed with workable fixative

After I’ve completed the undercoating, I spray your entire paper floor with a workable fixative (Krylon) and set it apart for a number of hours.

Comfortable pastels being labored excessive

After the fixative dries, I work with comfortable pastels (right here I used Jackson’s initially for broad protection after which labored the finer elements with the softer Sennelier and Unison sticks. Lastly, I labored once more with oil pastels to present elements of the image a gloss (or as some would possibly say immediacy).

As could be seen, a part of the work concerned scraping, right here into the comfortable protecting the bottom oil pastels and a later software of oil pastels.

Comfortable pastel being scraped away with a palette knife

An instance of oils displaying by means of beneath the comfortable pastel is the pink (oil) lined with gray, white and inexperienced comfortable pastels.

Underlayer of oil pastel displaying by means of the highest layer of sentimental pastel

I’ve heard some feedback to the impact which you could’t apply oil pastels over comfortable pastels, however is that appropriate?

No. However what have to be remembered is that the oil pastel will probably take away the comfortable pastel color beneath the place it’s utilized. It must be achieved rigorously, and you’ll need a heavy paper towel to repeatedly rub the pulled comfortable pastel from the oil pastel stick.

What it allows you to do is add some daring sheen to the comfortable pastels, make use of golds, silvers and different metallic colors which might be far more vivid in oil pastel colors, in addition to creating results reminiscent of smears that don’t mix which is what typically occurs when utilizing solely comfortable pastels.

These methods are wonderful for extra trendy work, however frankly, I’ve not discovered them notably efficient in additional conventional representational work. I’ve taken the chance so as to add a few the works I’ve achieved just lately utilizing these methods.

About Thomas Friedman, Tallahassee, Florida, USA


Thomas Friedman, Artist

My artwork ranges from panorama and nonetheless life to wild trendy items which allow me to stretch myself, concentrating solely on composition, tone and color. I really feel my finest works typically are the results of weeks of germination earlier than I ever elevate a brush, pen or pastel stick. I work in oils, pastels and watercolours.

I actually don’t know why, however as I work, I ponder points that face every of us, ecological, social or political, and both straight or not directly, they’re nearly all the time mirrored in my work.

My landscapes are usually brilliant, bursting with color whereas my nonetheless lifes are sometimes brooding and pensive. I create up to date items stressing composition and motion and attempt to retain simply sufficient visible clues and objects to attraction to most audiences.

I’ve proven on the Florida State College Museum of Fantastic Arts, The Foster-Tanner Museum at Florida A & M College, the Florida State Capital Gallery, Tallahassee Metropolis Corridor, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, the Gadsden Arts Heart & Museum and at different venues all through the Northern Florida-South Georgia area.

My work is displayed in personal collections alongside the East Coast starting from the New York Metropolis space to Florida.

I could be contacted at my e mail handle [email protected]


Meteor, Thomas Friedman

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