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I have been using oil pastels for about 15 years and I have found that I can
blend them with a cheap tortillion or take the stiff tan paper towels and
fold them in half and then across and across again. Tape with masking tape
and you have a cheaper tortillion. Q-tips and such wear out quickly but can
be good if you have a big supply.
I use the cheap oil pastels (segura, pentel) because I give a box to each of
my students (resale) They can blend easily and we use a lot of whites, so I
buy extra whites. They do their work on illustration board because of the
many layered build ups.
Oil pastels can look great and when sprayed with a gloss fixative can be very
polished looking. We have won many awards with these, just lately a Best in
Show at our Senior Only contest in our district.
Just a few thoughts,
San Jose CA
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