Markal Artists Paintstiks are oil paints in a dry stick form. Not to be mistaken with crayons or pastels Professional Grade oil paint sticks are made with refined oils and fine pigments before being molded into sticks. When the Paintstiks are pressed against the painting surface they liquefy at the point of contact, allowing you to paint wet with a dry stick. The colour is soft and blend-able in infinite colour variations with the finger, a paint brush or a pallet knife when applied. They are touch dry over night and completely dry in three days. Use alone or combine with oil paints and other mediums such as encaustic medium.