The difference between Oilbar and oil pastels

Please note that Oilbar has now been discontinued.

One of the most exciting things about working with Oilbar is that you can draw directly onto the canvas with wet oil colour. The high level of pigmentation provides a strength and depth of colour that is better in every way than oil pastels or crayons.

When you use oil pastels there is always a risk that the colours will smudge or pick up dirt, but because of the way Oilbar is made, it produces a dry film and does not suffer from these problems. The way Oilbar works on a surface is also very similar to conventional oil colour: it displays a characteristic “oiliness”, unlike pastels. What you have is a painting tool with the directness of pastel, but the colour intensity of oil.

It’s possible to let your creativity run free, and the results are immediate; there is nothing between you and the surface, not even a brush. You don’t need a great deal of equipment to work with Oilbar, which makes it popular for painting outdoors, and you can still use it on a palette and with brushes, opening up even more possibilities.