I decided to choose three mediums namely colored pencils, oil pastel and watercolor for this “art” part of my “self-discovery” journey.
I bought this oil pastel set recently and I was practicing went I noticed this :
Some of the waxy pigments or binders got stuck and even if I use more pressure it still leaves some of these.
While I was searching, I read this article compairing soft pastels and oil pastels which mentions this:
When using oil pastels, the surface should be primed with gesso so that the waxy binders are not absorbed by the strands of paper fiber.
With that, I thought that gesso thing will prevent these waxy pigments on my work. One problem, I don’t have gesso right now.
I suddenly remembered my conversation with Mark. He said “for blending, if you’re using oil-based, just use oil and for water-soluble, of course use water”. It sounded useless back then because it’s so f*cking obvious but now it sounded like it’s the solution to my problem.
I started dubbing oil on my work and it works wonders! Nah, just kidding. It just made it a lot easier to smudge or to spread the color out. No more hard-to-smudge pigments.
This is the first one the I’m working on right now using oil pastel. I used oil as a primer on sketchpad to avoid those waxy pigments that are hard to smudge.
I’m not sure how gesso works and I don’t know if oil is a good alternative but most probably no one do this when using oil pastel so there. I don’t know if it’s right to do that as well but hey, I got the result I want so that’s OK for me.
Btw, I used mineral oil for this.