Thursday, July 16, 2009

Oil Pastels

I love playing with oil pastels; melting, mashing, layering--depending on what I want to achieve. Sometimes I use them straight out of the box with pastel paper, but my favorite thing is to set them out in the sun until they get all soft and melty. Then I rub them into canvas board to see what happens. You can rub the color in with the pastel and blend it with your fingers. And if you don't like something, you can scrape it away with a knife, and start again. I've also found that using the knife can help mash the colors into the textured surface of the canvas.


Anonymous said...

It's funny, I find myself cringing internally while reading "you can scrape it away with a knife and start again." It sounds so harsh! It goes against my grain. I guess I figure I need to get all the soft, melty, blending, rubbing right the first time. Guess that's why I'm a musician - once that wrong note is out there, it's gone ...

Simmy said...

Hi Jodi,

How nice to see you here. The painting is beautiful - gorgeous colours. I bet it's even more stunning in real life.


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