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Drawing With Oil Pastels

You have seen me using oil pastels here and here. They are a fabulous medium to use and now I can say I love them. It wasn’t love at first sight, because at first I wasn’t really drawn to use them.

Drawing with Oil Pastels - Art journal page by Cristina Parus @

But in time things have changed a lot. As I’ve use them more and more in my mixed media creations, I better understand how they react and work with others materials. This page had a previous background, and if you look closely you’ll notice the spray ink and stenciled underneath. 

M-ati mai vazut fosolind pasteluri uleioase aici si aici. Sunt un material de lucru fabulos, iar acum pot spune ca le iubesc. Nu a fost chiar dragoste la prima vedere, pentru ca la inceput nu eram prea tentata sa le folosesc.

Dar in timp lucrurile s-au schimbat mult. Pe masura ce le-am folosit din ce in ce mai des in creatiile mele mixed media, am inteles mai bine cum functioneaza si reactioneaza cu celelalte materiale. Aceasta pagina a avut un fundal deja desenat, iar daca va uitati cu atentie veti vedea spray-ul cu cerneala si sabloanele folosite.

Drawing with Oil Pastels - Art journal page by Cristina Parus @ No eyes

Oil pastels are easy to use, but somehow tricky because you have to choose your colors carefully: Once you picked a darker one, it will be a little hard to cover it up(if not impossible).

But not to worry, in time you’ll know exactly how to blend and mix them. I don’t do it by the book, and sometimes I get the feeling I’m using too much  product. However, I continue to use them and mix them with other mediums. They flow great on top of acrylics!

Drawing with Oil Pastels - Art journal page by Cristina Parus @ It started with this sketch

Pastelurile uleioase sunt usor de folosit, dar oarecum complicat pentru ca trebuie sa alegeti cu grija culorile folosite: o data ce ati aplicat o culoare mai inchisa, va fi un pic mai greu sa o acoperiti (daca nu imposibil).

Dar fiti fara grija, in timp veti sti exact cum sa le amestecati. Eu nu o fac ca la carte, iar uneori am impresia ca folosesc prea multa cantitate din produs. Oricum ar fi, continui sa le folosesc si sa le amestec cu alte materiale. Pastelurile uleioase se comporta minunat peste acrilic!


Drawing with Oil Pastels - Art journal page by Cristina Parus @ Bald head

In terms of brands, I’m using some student grade ones, along with few pieces of much pricey Van Gogh. But the latter worth the money, as some of the student grade I bought in open stock don’t really blend well, and are hard to smudge on the paper.

All in all, I’m starting to love them 💖 and appreciate them more and more. Oil pastels are now integrated into my work and as a mixed media artist I can’t (nor I want to) exclude them from my daily works of art.

Drawing with Oil Pastels - Art journal page by Cristina Parus @        Wearing a bow

In ceea ce priveste marcile folosite, eu folosesc unele din gama pentru studenti, pe langa cateva un pic mai scumpe de la Van Gogh. Cele din urma merita cu siguranta banii, pentru ca unele din gama pentru stundeti pe care le-am cumparat la bucata nu prea sunt usor de amestecat unele cu altele, si sunt si greu de intins pe hartie.

In concluzie, am inceput sa iubesc si sa apreciez pastelurile uleioase din ce in ce mai mult. Acestea sunt parte integranta a creatiilor mele si ca artist mixed media nu pot (si nici nu vreau) sa le exclud din lucrarile pe care le creez zilnic.


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