Saturday, March 5, 2011

oil pastels and baby oil

Marla Mclean, from the beautiful Atelierista blog left this comment after my recent post on oil pastels and edicol dye:
Here's another way to use oil pastels. After drawing on paper, fill some small jars with baby oil, pop in a ear swab or qtip and then using the qtip, place the baby oil over the oil pastel turns the oil pastel to paint. It's a wonderful experience.

Yesterday we did just that:

I forgot Marla suggested using Q-tips or cotton buds to apply the baby oil, and put out paint brushes instead.   As a result the colours didn't blend as well, and we ended up with wet (but sweet smelling) paper.


On the oil pastel drawings where the kids had applied heavy colour, the brushes worked to create a colourful wash effect:  "It's just like magic" exclaimed one of my little friends.

On finer line drawings the baby oil didn't do that much.  Next time we will give it a go using the right materials!

Thanks for the tip Marla!  I always get such a kick out of trying something out with the kids that was suggested by one of my lovely blogging friends.  To me, the wonder of creating a world wide network through blogging never ceases.


  1. Reeves also makes water-soluble wax pastels that look like oil pastel and blend with water. Hand clean-up is also much easier.

  2. Awesome idea! Thanks for passing it along, I can't wait to try it!

  3. What a great activity for transformations and fine motor, plus fun and creative. Thanks!

  4. I love the way the colors become deeper and almost look like they're melting! (especially with the heavy color) Thanks for sharing!

  5. A nice twist I never thought of! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Now that's one to add to 'The List'!
    Donna :) :)

  7. Thanks for the comments everyone, and Nikki thanks for the tip. I will have to track them down. I am a sucker for anything to do with oil pastels.