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How To Get Started With Oil Pastels

Posted by Kim Dellow

Get started with oil pastels with this simple layered art journal page.

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Hi, it is Kim Dellow here and I've been playing with oil pastels! They are such a lovely medium to work with, so bright and colorful as well as being a very quick way to add color. You can find lots of different oil pastels at Blitsy and the ones I have used are from Sennelier, but the techniques I have used here will work with the other brands you can find at Blitsy too.

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Here Is What You Will Need:

  • Sennelier Oil Pastel Set 24-Color Set
  • Simple Stories 6" x 6" Paper Pad - Say Cheese
  • Liquitex Gesso, Pint
  • Golden Regular Gel - Gloss
  • Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 9" x 12"
  • The Crafter's Workshop 12" x 12" Template - Corncob Etching
  • Cotton buds
  • Paint spreader

How To Make:

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Glue some torn patterned paper to the journal page using gel medium and a paint spreader or palette knife and let it dry completely.

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Add a layer of gesso over the top of the page to knock back the patterned paper and to give the oil pastel a surface to grip to. Let this dry completely.

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Draw a large heart shape over the page with one of the oil pastels then fill in the whole shape with red pastels.

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Add another layer of color over the top of the first using a different color like a dark blue.

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Place the stencil over the top and use a cotton bud to remove color from the heart shape and to place it through the template on the background.

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Tidy the edges with another cotton bud if needed.

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You get such a rich and textured look with oil pastels, they are definitely worth trying out if you haven't already.

Kim Dellow