Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Recipe: Natural Earth Oil Pastels

Ingredients for 2 ½ pastels:

  • 6 tablespoons white beeswax (for a vegan version, you can use soy wax and carnauba wax)
  • 2 tablespoons Walnut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Earth & Mineral Pigments (adjust as needed)

Tools: a mold, tin can, sauce pan, pliers


  1. Create a double boiler using a tin can. Bend a pouring spout on the can with a pair of pliers.

  2. Put beeswax and oil into the tin can.

3. Pour water into a medium sized sauce pan.

4. Place tin can into the saucepan and turn on medium heat. Simmer until beeswax is melted. Then remove from heat.

5. Scoop pigment into tin can and stir with a chop stick or any disposable utensil. 

Note: Every pigment behaves differently and has a different molecular structure, so if you find your pastel draws too pale, add more pigment next time. 

6. Pour mixture into any molds that you have. 

7. Allow pastels to fully harden before removing from the mold. They will be ready to use in 24 hours

Option: Wrap aluminum foil around sticks if desired.

Photography by Darrin Johnson

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