- Black and White Film Photography:
What do I know? We have been using the Holga cameras and can…
Now what do I do? My roll of negatives have finished drying…
- Negative Sleeves
- The Darkroom: test strips
- Oil Pastel Tree
What are oil pastels? Oil pastel is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder. (source: Wikipedia) Professional grade oil pastels are non-acidic.
How do oil pastels dry? Oil pastels do not dry by oxidation (exposure to the air). Instead, they will harden with time. Thin applications of oil pastels may seem to dry quickly but heavier applications can take months to harden off.
What tools do I need to work with oil pastels? Tools for blending can include tortillons (often called torties), paper towels, soft cloths, stiff brushes, and yes, your fingertips! Scraping tools can consist of old credit cards, razor blades, palette knives, and any other flat sharp tool you might come across. Oil pastels can be layered and scratched thru for fine lines or abstract shapes. Scraping off large areas will leave ghost images which can be painted over.
What about clean up? Paper towels or a hand towel for wiping off messy sticks. Moist wipes work well on the hands.
Metals & Jewelry
- Sculptures and Riveting
- Vases and Cardboard Sculptures