Invented in 1925, Sakura Color Products of Osaka, Japan, formulated Cray-Pas oil pastels with premium quality pigments, wax and oil. The motivation was to provide school children with a blend-able, smooth textured art material to help promote creativity and self-expression.
See Cray-pas History to discover invention details!

With innovation, first-class ingredients, and the belief of an individual’s Power to Express™ at its core, the company expanded the oil pastel family offering, which now consists of Junior Artist®, Expressionist®, and Specialist®. Today, the finest elements continue to make up Cray-Pas oil pastels. And the Cray-Pas family is ideally suited to compliment technique and expression development from childhood through high school, college, and into the professional level.

Young artists blossom with creamy, smooth color that they can smear, blend, dot, over-lap and mix. They can learn how to hold a stick to achieve different strokes – either as a pencil, clenched in a fist or on its side. Scratch and stencil art are possible in addition to working with water color over variety. Creativity and interest are enhanced with materials that encourage exploration and expression.

Cray-Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastel features:

  • Meets non-toxicity requirements
  • No use of tree-nut oils, soy, latex, wheat, oat, barley,animal oils or waxes, dairy, casein, or egg ingredients
  • Will not peel, crack or flake, and are easily blend-able
  • Oil paint effects, overlaying color, and a variety of effects can be experienced

Cray-Pas Junior Artist Oil Pastel availability:

  • A round stick comes in three sizes – Regular (8mm dia.r x 60.8 mm), Chubbie (18 mm dia. x 60 mm) & Jumbo (10 mm dia. x 71 mm)
  • Black and white only sold as open stock; Colors available only in assorted sets: 12, 16, 25, 50 pieces
  • Colorpacks are an economical option – Regular stick Colorpack: 432 pieces & Jumbo stick Colorpack: 288 pieces


  • Creative Drawing
  • Lettering & Signage
  • Scratch Art & Dot art
  • Wall art & Stenciling art
  • Cards & Craft projects
Technical qualities
  • Capable of creating "oil paint effects"
  • Regular round stick size: 8 mm diameter x 60.8 mm length
  • Chubbie stick size: 18 mm diameter x 60 mm length
  • Jumbo stick size in Colorpack set: 10 mm diameter x 71 mm length
  • Easy to blend and consistent color hue within sets for non-toxicity
  • No use of tree-nut oils, soy, latex, wheat, oat, barley, animal oils or waxes, dairy, casein, or egg ingredients in Junior Artist series.
  • Meets ASTM and ACMI non-toxicity standard (AP Seal)
  • Not recommended for use on fabrics intended to be washed, on food service or ceramics that are washed, & not evaluated for cosmetic use on skin.

Product Specifications


Stock # Description UPC No.
XEP-049 BLACK - 12 EA 0 84511 37456 0
XEP-050 WHITE - 12 EA 0 84511 32393 3
XEP12 12 PC SET 0 84511 37238 2
XEP16 16 PC SET 0 84511 37239 9
XEP25 25 PC SET 0 84511 37240 5
XEP50 50 PC SET - 48 COLORS 0 84511 37241 2
XCJP12 12 PC SET, CHUBBIE SIZE STICKS 0 84511 37237 5
XEP-C432 432 PC COLORPACK - 12 COLORS 0 84511 37041 8


2012 Cray-Pas Contest Reception and Exhibit

Video showing some of the top 150 finalists from the 2012 Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful World Contest for grades K-8.

2011 Congressional Art Competition

For 18 years, Sakura has sponsored the Congressional Art Competition in CA's 13th District. This video shows the contest reception and award presentation.

Cray-Pas Mixed Media Scratch Art

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer creates mixed media artwork using "sgraffito," a scratching technique using Cray-Pas oil pastels. Note, this scratching techniqe is most effective if the final layer color is dark. Experiment with different tools such as a painting knife, needle, or comb to reveal the colors underneath. The more colors you overlay, the greater the variety of colors that will be exposed by scratching.


Carol Foldvary-Anderson, Innovator
In the world of creating art and imagery I have always been fascinated with technique. How something was made, or how

-Carol Foldvary-Anderson