If you’ve ever worked with oil pastel you know how exhausting it can be to get rid of all those tiny holes. There may be some who like that cross-stitch look to their art but I prefer it to look more like a painting than a drawing or stitchery. There are several ways to tackle the holes:
- You can use your fingers to smooth out the oil pastel but this gets messy on the fingers and you have to wash often or risk getting unintended color mixes.
- A stump can be used but this is tedious and can create a smudged look to the oil pastel.
- Q-tips work but may lift some of the color off as well.
- A solvent made for oil pastel such as Taltine is perfect. This product has a skull and cross-bones warning so caution is necessary. It must be kept out of children’s hands and used in a well ventilated area and wearing a mask.
The Taltine works like a charm. A bit on the end of a Q-tip and gently applied to the art takes care of the holes and helps to blend the colors. Apply the solvent with a cotton ball and you can blend a large area or even fade out colors for backgrounds. At one time I used the solvent to erase an area that I didn’t like leaving an interesting under-color for whatever I decide to do in its place.
My Sennelier Oil Pastels came early so I was eager to use them. The set has colors for landscape but I find there are not enough light, bright colors so I may have to buy a few single crayons to fill in. Nevertheless, layering is much easier with crayons that are smooth as butter to apply.