Pastels are sticks of pure powdered pigment that are combined with a binder, with the binder dictating what type of pastel it is (oil, soft, semi-soft, hard, pan pastels). The softer the pastel, the higher the ratio of pigment to binder—the harder pastel, the higher the ratio of binder to pigment. Oil pastels have a soft, buttery-style consistency that creates intense colors because of the oil they are bound with. Oil pastels are made with mineral oil, that unlike linseed oil in oil paints, is not a drying oil and will never dry/oxidize. Jerry’s free art video library has a vast selection of instruction in pastels, from education on the different types, uses, and how to clean them, to landscapes, portraits, and even mixed media applications. Relax and unwind in the privacy of your home or studio, and learn or further explore this vibrant medium!