“ Brand: Pentel / Type: Craft Supplies „
Hello everyone and welcome to this review.
Well unfortunately I decided to take Art GCSE when back in school, so I needed a good set of oil pastels to help me with the course. Luckily I found these lovely oil pastels in Woolworths a few years back, unfortunately Woolworths have gone now but their memories still live on! I paid £7.99 for a pack of 12 which seems quite a lot of money for oil pastels? But I guess I wanted to buy a reputable brand. These are made by Pentel who are experts in oil pastels and artist equipment so I knew they would be good. However these pastels were described for use by children. I did not read the packaging before buying them but they did turn out great in the end. The only difference with the children's version are the colours, they are all slightly more childish looking and are cleaner to use.
Who are Pentel?
Well Pentel are a rather huge company specialising in stationery and artist's equiptment. They mainly design pens but there are many other ranges such as glue, pastels and pencils. The company describe themselves as 'Spirt of Wonder', not quite sure what that means! But it sounds good.
Now it was time for my first drawing, I thought I would try drawing a car so off I went.
The packaging of these oil pastels is very good, its bright yellow in colour with 'Pentel, junior oil pastels' printed on the top. The box looked very childish with pictures of the sun and flowers drawn on it but hey, these are pastels designed for children after all. This top cover is a sleeve that easily slides off to reveal your new oil pastels sat in a plastic holder. The plastic holder keeps the pastels fresh and prevents breakages when carrying around in a bag and dropping them. Still! I managed to break a few when I stood on them. But I believe they are not meant to be stood on!
The 12 pastels inside the box are all different colours. I have now worn most of my pastels out but I will try and remember what colours are inside;
I think that is right, please don't shout if its wrong! Ha-ha. All colours are great and really look good on the page. The pastels are really easy to use and glide over paper with ease. I do sometimes find that the pastels leave lumps. This can be a real pain as I have to find a way to remove them! They also smudge very easily for around 5 minutes after drawing so blending in is easy.
What can these pastes be used on?
These will work great on paper, I have tried and tested this. Pentel also state that they will work on board and canvas. This is very handy but I have never tried on anything but card and paper. Im sure they would work fabulously on most surfaces that pastels can be used on.
These pastels are non - toxic because they are designed for children. Children can safely use them. However due to small parts (those being the pastels) they are not recommended for children under 3.
Over all in my conclusion these pastels are great for beginner artists. Obviously they are not suitable for professionals but as Pentel say, 'Ideal for developing creative skills in young artist'. They glide easily and are very easy to handle. Good value for money compared to other brands.
You can also get bigger sets. For teachers - you can get class packs with432 sticks of 12 colours!
For ore information visit: www.pentel.co.uk
Thank you forr reading, hope I've helped
Suitable for paper, board or canvas. Ideal for developing creative skills in young artists. 12 pack