Brilliant pigments, soft, yet rich, add life to this oil pastel art. In my part of the U.S., fall has yet to approach but it will be here before we know it!
Lea here, sharing my love of oil pastels! Oil pastels are the perfect media when you would like texture and pure pigmented color. Niji (nee gee) oil pastels are strong pigments suspended in binders to hold them together. There are several ways to work with oil pastels, I prefer 2 methods: Spread with finger (or blending stump), or painting with odorless mineral spirits.
Odorless Mineral Spirits
Rubber Stamp of Pumpkin or Coloring Page, Clip Art
Permanent Black Ink if you use a Rubber Stamp
Decorative papers and elements to finish art (Bo Bunny)
Stamp or transfer pumpkin image to white, smooth cardstock.
Color area with a thick coloring of oil pastel in the medium orange (yellow-orange) in the center of the pumpkin. I like to start with the lighter shades and add the darker when blending. Blending darker into light is easier than light into dark. Blend with your finger or blending stump. My fingers are warm and the oils helps to break down the binders. Niji oil pastels have binders that will work smoothly for this technique.
Notice that when one color is blended with another, a third color is formed. In this case, the colors are monochromatic (one color of several shades), but think of your grade school art class when you learned that yellow + blue = green, yellow + red + orange, etc. Think of that as you choose the colors you’d like to work with, always starting with the lightest color first.
Lea Cioci is a current member of the Yasutomo/Niji Design Team.