A very simple way to paint with your oil pastels! Amazing, diluting your oil pastels smells like lemon…
How To Dilute Oil Pastels?
Oil pastels can be diluted on a palette or on sheet of paper with this citrus essence brush cleaner (but also with linseed oil, silicone oil, brush cleaner, or White Spirit). Using this trick, you’re able to to transform the lines of the pastel stick into “oil paint”.
Once rubbed onto the paper or canvas, the oil pastel can be lightened with a brush soaked in thinner. This makes it much easier to draw fine, precise lines.
With citrus essence , which is much less harmful to breathe than White Spirit, there is a nice smell in the air. I love it!
The fluid colour is easy to spread, without dripping, and lends itself to subtle shades while retaining a waxy appearance.
Things to be aware of when diluting Oil Pastel
- Some diluted colours may lack consistency
- Essence tends to make some colours grey or dull
- On top of a diluted background, stick strokes are more vivid
TOP TIP: To protect oil pastel drawings, they can be covered with baking paper (wax paper that does not stick) or framed under glass.
- oil pastel sticks
- 1 bottle of Citrus Essence Brush Cleaner
- Oil Pastel Pads
- 1 fine and round brush
- 1 old rag
These products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in the art supply shop in London Shoreditch..
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The passion of Amylee Paris, painter, consultant and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Beyond her pictorial skills and her several eBooks available online, Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential francophone artist-entrepreneurs. She helps beginners or professional artists to optimize their artistic activity.
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