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In 1949, Parisian painter Henri Goetz approached Henri Sennelier, the famous artist materials manufacturer, about creating a wax color 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 color selection was expanded with the additional of metallic and iridescent hues.
Beyond these classic hues, a selection of unique shades is available and, in particular, a gradation of grays, 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 Sennelier to develop an exceptional palette of shades.
The Sennelier Oil Pastel is a product that makes use of the components used in all Sennelier colors — top-quality pigments, an extremely pure synthetic binding medium, and mineral wax. The pigments are ground with an inert, non-siccative binding medium that does not oxidize and that has no effect upon either the film stability or the surface. This base is then mixed with wax (neutral pH). The balance of this mix provides Sennelier oil pastels with a unique unctuousness and a creamy texture that allows for a great deal of freedom in pictorial expression.
Sennelier Oil Pastels possess an extraordinarily high pigment content, thus providing them with a high coloring 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-recognized reference.
Individual sticks are paper wrapped, and measure 2-5/8" × 3/8" (67 mm × 10 mm).
Note — To protect an oil pastel surface from dirt and dust, apply a fixative 8 to 10 days after the work is completed. The fixative will not dry the work. If desired, a final varnish spray can be applied to seal the surface permanently, but this may adversely affect future restoration possibilities.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Minimum Order — Please order individual pastels (open stock) in a minimum of 6, so that we can efficiently package and ship your order. Your selection may be assorted to meet this requirement.
Oil pastels can be used alone to create a painting. Apply them thickly or thinly, blurred or clearly defined. They can be combined with oil painting mediums such as turpentine, paint thinner, or any of the painting oils to produce glazing, scumbling, or wash effects.
Oil paints should never be used over oil pastels, because oil pastels never dry out, and oil paints will not adhere to the underlying surface. Oil paints can be used over an oil pastel wash, provided that the underlying surface is primed. Interesting effects can be achieved by scraping, scratching, smearing, or scrubbing the pastel surface.
Oil pastels can be used as a resist with water-based mediums such as watercolor or acrylic. Waterbased paint will not mix with the pastel. Oil pastels can also be used with colored pencils and oil sticks. They can be used in conjunction with printmaking inks to create monotypes.
Oil pastels can be applied with a palette knife to achieve impasto effects. For ease in application, the pastel can be heated or melted to obtain a smoother, more creamy or fluid medium.
Recommendations for Supports — Sennelier Oil Pastels were created to free artists from technical restraints and the limitations of traditional supports such as canvas. They are extremely versatile and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces.
Use them on acid-free drawing paper, at least 100–110 lb. weight, or on watercolor paper, at least 140 lb. A surface that is lightly textured, but not rough, is customary for oil pastels.
Use them on museum board, illustration board, or any acid-free paperboard stock, or apply them to rigid supports such as wood, Masonite, glass, ceramics, or metal.
Soft supports such as canvas, made of cotton, linen, or polyester, can also be used, as well as other natural and synthetic fabrics.
Note — Although it is not absolutely required, Sennelier recommends applying a coat of gesso prior to painting on non-paper surfaces, to preserve the intensity and vibrancy of colors.
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I would buy again.
from NY, ny
Comments about Sennelier Oil Pastel Sets:
I am so glad I spent a little extra money to buy from brick than Amazon. Nothing arrived broken. Color selection was great and pastels were perfect consistency for my 8 yr old daughter.
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By Kathy A
from Southern California
Sennelier Oil Pastels are one of the best in their class. When it comes to oil pastels, it is advisable not waste money on cheap brands.This product is a good investment to receive pleasing results.
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Comments about Sennelier Oil Pastels:
I am using these oil pastels in a mixed media project. So when using them to create skintones on top of acrylic paint they blend beautifully. The creamy consistency helps to mix them together to create stunning flesh tones.i am really impressed by how they are workable for over an hour but dry wonderfully even.
from Oakland Township,
I'm using these on top of acrylic paintings to add some line work. Nicely opaque and soft.
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from Santa Fe, NM
Sennelier is the only oil pastel I would use, but it's very pricey if you purchase them in a retail store.The Dick Blick price on the boxed set is an exceptional value.
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By The apprentice
from San Clemente, CA
The 24 pack came in a sturdy box with individual sticks held in place in foam cutouts. Colors are gorgeous and mix well. Super smooth consistency.
from Rio Vista Ca
We only use sennelier!
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By Chris P
from Fort Worth, TX
I love Sennelier Oil Pastels. They are versatile. They are very creamy and I have read a description that states it is like painting with lip stick. Well, I do not know about lip stick but I do know that Sennelier works great on various surfaces. How I like to use them is to create my drawing, add collage to parts of the drawing and then color my art with the Sennelier oil pastels. There are various consistencies in oil pastels and Sennelier feels like I am drawing one step up from liquid oil paint. Sennelier oil pastels works great with various mediums. I have already mentioned collage but I have also used it with colored pencils, oil paints and watercolor.The colors are vibrant and are easy to use allowing to cover mistakes simply by coloring over areas.
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from Alvin texas
Ok blending just got alot easier...these pastels are GREAT! I really have began to enjoy working with oil pastels more because of the sennelier oil pastels. Would recommend and will be buying more! The grand set really is impressive and you can still get fine details even with that huge stick...amazing
Picasso, a long-time Sennelier customer, was looking for a medium that could be used freely on a variety of surfaces without fading or cracking.The collaboration between Henri Sennelier and Pablo Picasso produced the incomparable Sennelier oil pastels.
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