Oil pastel painting

oil pastels how to use After our experiment with cotton bud pointillism we decided this week we’d explore how to use oil pastels. The children had never used oil pastels before so the first thing they noticed was how the texture of the crayons was different to wax crayons: ‘thick’ and ‘smooth’. oil pastels how to use pictures

With a whole box of colours to try a rainbow was a good place to start.

oil pastels how to use with children I suggested they could try rubbing the colours using their fingers – messy fun! They thought this made the colours ‘blurry’ – good for under the sea pictures. oil pastels and colour blending I gave them the idea that they could blend the colours and they spent some time seeing what combinations they could put together. oil pastel techniques how to use With these suggestions for techniques to try they kept experimenting to see what patterns they could make. oil pastels Kandinsky inspired art And as they were interested in looking at Seurat’s pictures last time, I showed them Kandinski’s Farbstudie Quadrate – and we had a try at our own version. We used small pieces of paper so everyone could do lots of different versions and see which colour combinations they liked the best. The texture of the oil pastels worked perfectly for this design as the colours blended together so well. oil pastels how to use Kandinsky Our own Colour Study is now looking beautiful hanging in the window with some sunshine streaming through.

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    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      @puppyloveprincess Yes! I know what you mean about getting your hands on ‘grown up’ stuff – much more fun than ‘boring’ wax crayons 😉

  1. says

    Their pictures are beautiful. We visited an art museum this week and I almost chose to take oil pastels with us. I opted to bring watercolor crayons instead. I love your pictures and will have to get out the pastels soon.

  2. says

    These turned out so beautiful, Cathy! I am always surprised at how different crayons produce different results. Besides oil and wax crayons, we recently tried soft pastels and they are uniquely different.

  3. says

    How fun to work with oil pastels, I love the circle pictures!! I will have to see if I can find my box of oil pastels!!

  4. Erin says

    We love oil pastels! We made a lot of trees, drawing individual leaves and then blending them together. Sometimes Fall colors, sometimes green.

  5. says

    Brilliant manner of combining the process with the Art History/Appreciation!!! Love the finished fun.

    There’s nothing like that smooth glide for the first time ever, or a brand new set. Slick. I get tingly right now thinking of my first go!!

    I’m excited, as I’ve just received a national INDIE Award of Excellence for my picture book where I am both author & illustrator, as well as the writer of the song. Love to have you pop by later this week, as I will attempt to host my first ever linkie party to give away signed books, in time for their use for the 10th anniversary observation of 9-11. Thanks for allowing me a moment to share my project, with your people.

  6. says

    Oooh what wonderfully bright colours! I do have a set of pastels somewhere… will wait for Pip Squeak to be at a older and then have a go too! Fabulous!!!

    Thanks, as always, for linking up at Kids Get Crafty!!


  7. says

    Use oil pastels as you would crayons, drawing thickly and covering paper, and then wash over the drawing with a thin layer of liquid watercolors or thinned tempera paints. You get a beautiful crayon resist, or should i say oil pastel resist.

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