Like oil paint in a convenient, easy-to-hold form, oil sticks consist of a blend of pigmented drying oil and melted wax. These chunky tools are softer than oil pastels, so using them feels more like painting than drawing. And, unlike oil pastels, oil sticks will dry completely with time. Oil sticks are great to try out if oil paint strikes you as an intimidating medium. Easier to mix and control, they can be used to create effects similar to those of traditional oils and require the same drying and curing processes. They can also be applied wet-on-wet, whether to blend with oil paint or to emphasize details in a painted scene. Because oil sticks can be very costly, it’s important to do your research to ensure that you’re buying a good-quality set that feels comfortable and satisfying.