What is the difference between oil pastels and crayons?

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The difference between oil pastels and crayons is mainly reflected in the following aspects:

1. Material composition

Oil pastel is made of turpentine melted paraffin, paraffin liquid, appropriate amount of linseed oil, and some pigment powder. It is composed of pigment, oil, soft wax, and calcium carbonate. Crayons are made by soaking paint into wax.

2. Features

Oil pastels are soft and viscous, not afraid of water, resistant to high temperatures, and relatively stable in texture; crayons will melt when exposed to high temperatures, and are prone to cracking.

3. Painting effect

The oil pastel has a brighter color than the crayon, and has stronger adhesion and covering power on the paper surface; in terms of strokes, the strokes of the oil pastel are slightly thinner than the crayon, not as casual as the crayon, and it feels very retro. In terms of color, the hue of the oil pastel is more accurate, while the color of the crayon is slightly darker, and the effect varies with the quality of the paper.

4. Painting techniques

There are many techniques of oil pastels, such as flat coating, color mixing, layer coating, scraping, layering, etc. The works presented with different effects are also different, while the painting techniques of crayons are relatively simple, generally flat coating.

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