Oil Pastel Techniques: Start Painting With Oil Pastels

Curious about learning a few oil pastel techniques? In this FREE download from The Artist’s Magazine’s Mediapedia (an encyclopedia of art media) and a bonus article, you’ll learn the basics of painting with oil pastels. Mediapedia: Oil Pastels by Greg Albert includes FAQs about this medium, must-have tools, safety and cleanup methods, an explanation of oil pastel chemistry, and more! As a bonus, we’re including a special “Competition Spotlight” article by oil pastelist George Shipperley.

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Albert, author of The Simple Secret to Better Painting (North Light Books) and frequent contributor to The Artist’s Magazine, explains that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this unique medium. When you know the pros and cons of different painting media, you’ll be armed with the accurate information you need to get started experimenting with the medium that speaks to you.

Maybe you’re looking for something that’s not messy, is safe and is easy to transport. Whether you’ve yet to discover painting with oil pastels or you’re curious to learn more about the medium in general, Getting Started With Oil Pastels is the perfect companion to teach you more. And it’s free!

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how to draw with oil pastels,  drawing with oil pastels, oil pastel drawing“Oil pastels offer almost instant gratification for the artist,” says Albert. “They’re clean, easy to work with, bright, colorful and long-lasting.” Learning how to use oil pastels is beneficial because you can experiment with a new medium and create art that may best express your personal style.

But can oil pastels be used with other paint? What’s the difference between oil pastels and oil bars? What’s the best way to store and display oil pastels? There are so many questions, but to make it easy for you to get started painting with oil pastels, Albert provides you with a list of must-have tools and even explains the chemistry of this medium. He also offers a list of oil pastel techniques and reviews safety and cleanup methods, so you have the information you need to make your oil pastel painting ideas reality.

As a bonus, you can also see a gorgeous still life painting that artist George Shipperley painted with oil pastels, and read how he created it. Plus, along with this free download from The Artist’s Magazine, you’ll receive the free ArtistsNetwork newsletter with inspiration for painting with watercolor, oil, pastel, acrylic and more! Get articles delivered right to your inbox, featuring Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist, Drawing and The Artist’s Magazine and special discounts on instructional books and DVDs from North Light Shop. Download Getting Started With Oil Pastels from The Artist’s Magazine today to get started improving your art skills! In addition to being the author of The Simple Secret to Better Painting, Albert is a longtime contributor to The Artist’s Magazine, in which he offers advice to readers and artists about a variety of media from the Ask the Experts column. We’re pleased to share with you this free PDF of his Mediapedia: Oil Pastels article, which includes a special section on drawing FAQs, must-have tools and a concise guide to paper, not to mention a special “Competition Spotlight” article on the oil pastel work of George Shipperley, a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 27th Annual Art Competition.

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Using Oil Pastels like George Shipperley

Learn about the work of George Shipperley, who uses a variety of oil pastel techniques to create a still life painting worthy of recognition. He shares the process behind Wild Bunch, which is a stunning example of an oil pastel painting.

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FAQs: How to Use Oil Pastels

So you want to start using oil pastels. You might be curious about some aspects of this unique medium, so don’t miss this special section of FAQs and answers. Find out the best surface to use, whether or not you can combine oil pastels with other paint, the difference between oil pastels and oil bars, the best way to store and display oil pastel paintings, and whether oil pastels can be protected with fixatives.

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Oil Pastel Tips & Tools

What do you need to start painting with oil pastels? Don’t be left with a painting that you can’t quite perfect! In this special section of Getting Started With Oil Pastels, find out what to stock your studio with so that you can get the best results in your art. You’ll be surprised by some of the simple tools that’ll give you more freedom to capture the look you’re going for with oil pastel techniques.

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Oil Pastel Techniques

In this special section, Albert describes seven oil pastel techniques for beginners. From priming the canvas to creating a variety of effects, to using solvents; you’ll want to know your options. Enter your email address for this free download so that you can walk into any art supply store with a base understanding of oil pastels and get started today!


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