How to Use Oil Pastels
Knowing how to use oil pastels will help ensure your work is to its maximum possible quality. Pastel work differs from painting as you are working with a more solid state medium that requires a slightly different approach. The following ‘how to’ provides essential tips to consider when using oil pastels.
1- Short, regular cleaning of gutters is much more favourable and much less labour intensive than once a year spring cleans.
2- Keep an eye on peculiar water flow during periods of heavy rain as an indicator of sediment build up.
3- Place ladders in sensible locations not resting on the guttering, and preferably have someone support it for you.
4- A garden trowel is a reasonable household tool that can be used to scoop out the decaying leaves and wet muck. It’s best to throw the sediment into a large bucket or wheelbarrow down on the ground to ensure that you don’t place too much weight at the top of the ladder.
5- Use a hose to finish up the clean.
Regular cleaning prevents a messier ‘big’ job, and also prevents pools of water forming that may leak into the house or encourage the hatching of mosquitos.