Comparison: Distress Crayons, Oil Pastels, Gelatos

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Monet-inspired water lilies:
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Distress Crayons, Set 1 —-
Distress Crayons, Set 2 —-
Distress Crayons, Set 3 —-
Canson XL Paper Pad 9×12 —- Arches
Prima Oil Pastel Crayons 24 pk —-
Gelatos, Lemon —-
Gelatos, Blueberry —-
Gelatos, Bubble Gum —-
Black Velvet Brush, Short Round 6 —-

***The rest of the supply links are on the blog post.***

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1 – Music purchased through a Megatrax subscription.
2 – I shoot on a Canon T5i, and edit in Final Cut Pro.
3 – Washi tape seen on any supplies is only to mark them as my own; it doesn’t indicate anything else.


23 thoughts on “Comparison: Distress Crayons, Oil Pastels, Gelatos”

  1. The Tim Holtz products are meant to work together so the Distress Inks, of course, will work with the Distress Crayons. I have always worked with oil pastels, that's what was around when I was young, and they will "cure" so that they don't move. I have used them on many different types of paper and get different results with them. Thank you for this demonstration this saves me money from buying gelatos.

  2. As I love all color, I might try the Prima, and because the Distress Crayons are a Tim Holtz product I will try those. I adore Tim and his work immensely. I will still use my Gelatos because once you have a method that works for you, I hesitate to abandon it. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

  3. I have the kids version of the faber castell look a like wich I think are awesome. The smush thing works quite good with them and they are nice and creamy with very rich colors. I wouldn't recommend these if you would use that for selling your art but if you want to try mixed media I'd say buy those if you think the faber castell is to dry. These kids version isn't. You can work them for backgrounds without feeling bad if you find out mixed media isn't quite your thing:) btw the gelato look alike works awesome on gesso with a babywhipe. No Lines.

  4. Very thorough review Sandy, as always! To be honest, I have all 3 sets of the Distress Crayons now and I seem to be at a loss on what to do with them on a card….Love to see you do some cards using them. TFS and I'm off to watch your Monet!

  5. Thank you so much for the comparison. I've been trying to work out if I should invest in the crayons and this has answered many questions as well as showing that my Gelatos and oil pastels could do things I never thought of. Thanks for putting the time and energy into this 🙂

  6. Thanks so much Sandy for doing this comparison. I have been debating about buying some of these products. However, recently, I tried the Caran D'ache Neocolor II water soluble pastels and I have to say, they are the best. If you are looking for blendability dry or wet, they perform better than anything I have ever tried.

  7. Thanks for the comparison Sandy. I appreciate that you know about the product you are reviewing and know what the intended use is and can think of other ways to test them out just for fun.

  8. Great video.  I don't use any of the items you used as of yet but found it extremely interesting and your presentation was fun to watch and I did learn allot.  I enjoyed you tried and true share!!  YOU ROCK!!Joan Smith

  9. Great comparo…I have watched far too mama reviews where the artist didn't understand the differences in Distress Crayons and then basically did everything wrong and called them a failure. I love them so but also I like to see things done the right way. Too many people are doing reviews-and projects for that matter- with little thought in an effort to get content up and out and it is really disheartening.

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