08 October 2018


BC Paperback

216x280 mm



96 pages

Search Press

Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels

by Tim Fisher

'If you thought oil pastels were just something for children, prepare to think again.' The Artist

'...look on in wonder as Tim shows you how you can use this neglected but simple medium to create real works of art...Just open this book at random and you'll be hooked.' Paint Magazine

Learn to paint with oil pastels in this colourful, accessible book for newcomers to the medium. Tim Fisher demonstrates how to use the oil pastels on their own, or in conjunction with acrylic inks and paints, and watercolours, on a variety of surfaces, to create beautiful paintings that will maintain their vibrancy for years to come.

The Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels features six full step-by-step projects covering a variety of subjects including animal portraits, street scenes, boats and harbours, buildings and glorious landscapes. Tim introduces the reader to mark-making with oil pastels, explains the history of the medium, and how to protect and keep an oil pastel painting once it is complete. 

Book Contents


The history of oil pastels                   

Materials and tools                            

oil pastels                                                       

Additional materials and tools             


Surface preparation                                    

Getting started                                 

Painting a red pepper                                  



Special effects                                                  

Using solvents                                                  

Using oil pastels with other media            


Flowers: Poppy Field                                       

Trees and foliage: Norfolk Lane                

Street scenes: Venice                                      

Buildings: Staithes Cottages                        

harbour scene: ‘Le Fantasque’                     

Animal portraits: Freyja                               

Care and framing of your artwork       



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