Mixing mediums is always fun and so if you are wondering ‘can you use oil paint with pastels’ then I’ve got a bit of good news for you. You can definitely use oil paint with oil pastels and this makes for some interesting effects in your work. The trick to making the most of mixed mediums like paint and pastels is to decide which medium will be the primary part of the painting and then to create details with the other.
Today I’ll tell you a little more about incorporating pastels into your oil paints so that by the time we are done, you’ll have nice and fun activity lined up for this weekend if you like. Let’s talk paints and pastels!
Can you use oil to blend oil pastels?
Yes! It’s a little trick called oil blending and it’s quite easy to do. What you’ll need to do is purchase some baby oil either online or at your local grocery store first. While you are there, pick up some Q-tips or generic cotton swabs and some cotton balls, as well.
Next, bring all your new goodies into your art room where you’ve already applied some of your pastels to the canvas of your choice and taking a Q-tip, put a small dab of baby oil on it and apply it to the surface where you’ve drawn in pastel. You’ll notice that the color will shmear a bit and that’s what it is supposed to do.
Taking advantage of this property, you can put oil on a cotton ball and blend colors in any direction that you like or you can use a Q-tip for finer work. The results look really cool and you can make those pastels look quite ordered and perfect with a little practice.
So, go out and get the goods and give this a try. It’s a fun little experiment and I think that you’re going to love it!
Can I paint on top of oil pastels?
Without special preparation, you can’t paint oil on top of pastels. This is because of how they are made. Pastels are composed of pigments, mixed in with a little oil, and wax. The resultant slippery-surface is water resistant and even if you get your oils to cling to it, they aren’t going to dry properly, so you’ve got a problem.
That said, some artists report that you can apply oil pastels very lightly on top of oils with some success, but it needs to done in very small amounts if it’s going to work. While I haven’t tried this personally, enough artists have reported about doing this so it’s something that you can try if you are feeling experimental one week and would like to see how the mediums work together.
You can see an excellent 3rd party link on the subject here that will help with your experiments and which also shows you what mixing these mediums can look like. Have fun with it and see what you can do, it’s always fun to play a little with your art!
What can you mix with oil pastels?
If we are talking about mixing mediums, you can paint oil pastels over acrylics, provided that the acrylics are fully dry (which usually takes 30 to 45 minutes). Doing this can produce some very interesting art and it’s definitely an experiment worthy of your time.
There is also a neat trick that you can do with linseed oil and turpentine. Mix these two together in equal parts and add the pastel color that you want, mixing up the brew with a Q-tip so that it blends fully.
The end result is similar to oil paint in appearance, but it’s going to dry a whole lot faster. This gives you another fun little project to try so that you can see the differences for yourself. I like the look – pastels are vibrantly colored and its fun being able to slap that around like a superfast-drying oil paint.
Give it a go and see what you think. These weird little experiments sometimes come with a eureka moment, especially when you are stuck on a composition that you are working on, and this little trick might be just what you need to soup things up in that empty canvas space that you’re trying to add a little ‘wow’ to.
Some final words on pastels and paints
So, there you have it! You can use oil paints with pastels, but you need to follow a few rules to make sure that you are doing it right. The added wax component of pastels can stop the oils from drying, so you need to stick to little ‘accents’ with the pastels if you want these two to play well together. It will take a little work and a lot of experimentation, but then everything that is worthwhile does, no?
Have fun with it and see what you can make. We’ll talk again soon!