September 22, 2023

Explore Ignite’s Oil Pastel Kit


by Hana Sugasawa

The Ignite Studio kit library has a variety of art mediums to try out. In this blog, I will be trying out our Oil Pastel Kit while sharing the process & a few tips along the way. Oil pastels are a painting medium that combines a binder and pigments into a stick or crayon form. They are known for being a dust-free, non-drying, and soft medium that offers bold & rich colors. Oil pastels can be fun to experiment with a variety of techniques. Explore Ignite’s Oil Pastel Kit with me.

Explore Ignite’s Oil Pastel Kit

Inside the kit you’ll find:

  • Technique reference sheet
  • An oil pastel guidebook
  • Black construction paper & White Mixed Media paper
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Blending Stump
  • Paper towel
  • Oil pastels

Before you get started, here are some tips for clean-up:

  • Create with newspaper or paper towels underneath your project to catch oil pastel flakes
  • Keep a small rag or paper towel handy to wipe off dirty or stained oil pastels.
  • Wear an apron
  • Work with a glove

For my project, I tried painting a pumpkin cat. First, I sketched out the pumpkin, and experimented with layering some blues & greens for the sky and grass. I started blending them with the blending stump & white oil pastels.

Next, I stippled on a white for the flowers & tried to scratch out some details using a paper clip & popsicle stick. While those two worked okay, I found scraping details with a plastic knife worked out great.

Lastly, I layered a brighter orange for the pumpkin, refined the shape more, & drew some details in the grass & pumpkin using colored pencils.

After scraping away a few areas to add texture, my painting was complete.

It was a lot of fun experimenting with oil pastels. Come to Ignite to try this kit for yourself & have fun painting!