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


White Pen Comparison + Art Journal Layout

In this video, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer describes the properties of Sakura's white ink pens, markers, and tools, and shows how to combine them all into one bold multimedia piece of artwork for your art journal or scrapbook. White Pens/Markers/Art Supplies: Permapaque opaque pigment marker Pentouch valve type paint marker Souffle opaque dimensional ink - works best on nonporous surfaces Glaze glossy dimensional ink - works best on non-porous surfaces Gelly Roll Classic white Cray-Pas Expressionist oil pastels Solid Marker Slim - solidified paint marker Pentouch Calligrapher - valve type paint marker with calligraphy nib.

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