Sennelier Oil Pastels 12 assorted introductory colours.
Standard Oil pastel (Ø = 3/8 ; length = 2 1/2)
Apply colours directly or mix colours and blend with a rag or even your finger. Dilute colours with mineral spirits or turpentine and blend them with a brush. If appropriate, seal the paper first with gesso. Mixed media application over watercolour, oil or acrylic paint. Colours may be sculpted with a pre-heated palette knife. After heating, adhere and inlay pigments, sand, sawdust, wood, paper, glass or metal into the moist colour. Unlike oil sticks, oil pastels do not ever completely dry and remain heat sensitive because they are made using a unique blend of natural waxes. Therefore, it is recommended that oil pastels are sealed with oil pastel fixative.
In 1949, Parisian painter Henri GOETZ approached Henri SENNELIER the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax colour stick for his friend
Pablo PICASSO. Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer and a frequent visitor to their store across the street from the Louvre museum, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking
Their collaboration produced the incomparable SENNELIER oil pastels. Originally available in a palette of classic hues, the colour selection was expanded with the addition of metallic and iridescent hues.
Beyond these classic hues a selection of unique shades is available, and in particular a gradation of greys, required for a balanced palette. This evolution is the fruit of a long-standing collaboration with European and North American painters, who have worked with our company in developing an exceptional palette of shades.
The Sennelier oil pastels possess an extraordinarily high pigment content, thus providing them with a high colouring and covering potential, excellent brightness and a high degree of light stability (with the exception of metallic and fluorescent shades).
The remarkable properties of these components, along with their precise dosage, provide Sennelier oil pastels with unique properties, making the brand a world-recognised reference.
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