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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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from Endicott, NY
Comments about Sennelier Oil Pastels:
Oil pastels are my favorite medium when creating art. Sennelier is the only brand that I trust. Others that I've tried simply do not have the consistency that I prefer. Sennelier oil pastels are soft and buttery making them perfect for blending to achieve the results I'm looking for. They will always be my "go to" brand and Blick offers them at a very reasonable cost ensuring that they will always have be my "go to" supplier.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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These pastels are shimmering, rich and creamy! worth the $$
By Artist on the half shell
from Denver, CO
Comments about Sennelier Oil Pastel Sets:
These rich and creamy pastels are perfect for black or dark colored paper. I was experimenting with space drawings and these are perfect
These are the only oil pastels I will purchase!
from Jacksonville, FL
Sennelier Oil Pastels are the only oil pastels I will use, both in the classroom and for personal use. They are an extremely easy medium to teach and the students love them.
Images shared by cbdixon
A drawing using sennelier oil pastels of our school's plaground
A photograph taken at a students house, then drawn and sennelier oil pastels as the medium
A still life done in sennelier oil pastels.
A drawing of tribute to a student's sister using sennelier oil pastels.
"Flowers in Bloom" : medium- Sennelier oil pastes.
A student using Sennelier pastels as she works on her image
A student went to Spain and took a picture of a door. She then drew the door and used Sennelier pastels as her medium
A favorite movie captured with sennelier oil pastels.
"Molly's Lips" done with Sennelier oil pastes.
By Pastel queen
from Minneapolis, MN
The Sennelier pastels are worth their price. They are the easiest to apply because of their creamy quality. The colors are bright and true. I would also like to buy their portrait set of pastels to widen the range of colors even more. The box they are presented in is a cool deal.
I'm new to oil pastels for the most part, I did love using soft pastels for years though.The Sennelier pastels were a little softer than I personally like. I prefer Sakura. But that's just me. I think I comes down to each person as to the tactile sensation desired. Sennelier gives great coverage and is easy to blend. They have a lucious feel and texture. Others state a "lipstick" consistency which is very accurate. I have always hated lipstick myself, it always felt sticky and messy to me. I bought the sample pack only just as a test and I'm glad I didn't spend more money. I found these too soft, sticky and messy for me. But to each there own. I'll sick with the cheaper Sakura brand.
Images shared by Nakita
Creamy and vibrant
By Cape Painter
from Wellfleet, MA
I love these oil pastels. I've tried others and these have the best consistency and colors.
from Mobile, AL
I used these in a mixed-media painting and loved how rich the colors were, how creamy the texture was, and how smoothly I could blend them onto my piece. I loved the finished product.
Images shared by HarmonyHoney
One and Only
I would buy it again.
By Momma Osa
from Toledo, Oregon
I love the smoothness when I'm painting. Great colors.
These pastels apply like butter, therefore blending is very smooth.
By Irish Pat
from Springfield, MA
I love using these pastels and the order came just in time for my art class!
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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