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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oil Pastel Resist

I experimented this evening with oil pastel resist - it certainly didn't turn out the way I expected.  But - live and learn - I discovered that I don't like working with oil pastels any better than I ever did.  But - at least I have something to post for todays 'creations!'  I also discovered that I like doing resists with crayons a lot better than oil pastels!  I guess I learned something today!

9 comments:

RH Carpenter said...

Having a set of oil pastels which have never been out of the box, could you tell me what an oil pastel resist is? Not sure I'm understanding what you did here. Thanks :)

Barb Sailor said...

Rhonda.
This is similar to watercolor crayon resist. I colored my drawing heavily with oil pastel purposely leaving some areas uncolored and then covered it all with a layer of strong paynes grey paint which fills in where I didn't color with the oil pastels. Because the dark wasn't dark enough in my opinion, I tweeked some edges with black oil pastel for emphasis.

Norena said...

This is a sweet painting!

Gretchen Bjornson ART said...

I think this piece is very quaint!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Barb, for that explanation :) I think another go at this technique is in order - expanding on the resist and paint idea...

Barb Sailor said...

Norena and Gretchen...Thanks for your kind comments- I guess this piece has some redeeming qualities, but it certainly is not one of my stronger works. Of course, these daily works are mostly quick experiments with media and I guess I can't expect them all to be works of art!

Barb Sailor said...

Rhonda - you can get beautiful effects with the resist technique - but I guess it needs more work than I put into this one:) My favorite resist technique is tempera resist which I will explain some time.

ashkelon said...

I have a beginner question that just came to me as I looked at this...

Can one use wax crayons to block out the white areas in a watercolor painting (and then iron out the wax from the painting into a paper towel) ?
Or maybe a candle would be better?

I find it hard to get a delicate white line with masking fluid (tried it so far only for cat's whiskers) and the masking fluid destroys paint brushes. A nicely sharpened wax crayon might do the trick?

Thanks,
Nicole

Barb Sailor said...

Nicole,
You can use the sharpened handle end of a paint brush dipped in masking fluid to do your fine lines. Don't try to use the white crayon - you cannot get a fine line and don't iron crayon as it will leave a greasy spot around the line. You can use white crayon as a resist with watercolor - but it is there to stay once you have used it and you can't get fine detail with it.
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