How To Get Started With Oil Pastels

Posted by Kim Dellow
Get started with oil pastels with this simple layered art journal page.

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.

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:

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

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.

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

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

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.

Tidy the edges with another cotton bud if needed.

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

Kim Dellow