Oil Pastel Resist

Hi, it’s Tessa from How To Make Art, and today I’d like to show you a fun technique using oil pastels as a resist with watercolors in your art journal.  This is what the finished page will look like:


Here is what you will need:

*Niji Watercolor Set

*Niji Oil Pastels

*Niji Permawriter, .07

*Glue or Gluestick



*Art Journal

STEP ONE: Create a simple drawing in your art journal with some of the oil pastels.  I chose to make a pattern with the white oil pastel.  You can barely see it in this photo, but here it is!

STEP TWO: Mix up your favorite colors of paint by adding some water to a dab of one of the watercolors from the set.
STEP THREE: Using your paintbrush, paint over the areas where you made your pastel drawings.  I love the beautiful effect that the oil pastel resist creates!

STEP FOUR: Add a word like “adventure” to your page using your Permawriter and a piece of scrap paper, then glue it on!

Thanks so much for creating with me today! 🙂


I want to share an art journal page with you today.



Niji Splash Ink SNK400

Niji Water Brush KWB20

Yasutomo Pale Gold WCW216-58

Yasutomo Gel Xtreme Metallic Rollers GX1007

Pro Art Gesso

Andy Skinner (for Nando Creative) “Baroque” Stencil

Misc. Brown Marker


I applied Gesso to my art journal first.  After it dried, I made Splash Ink Sprays.  A golden yellow (16Y, 1M, 1BK) and a maroon (4M, 2Y, 1BK).  I sprayed them all over the journal pages, and let them dry.


Next, I used the Pale Gold paint.  I painted the border of both pages,using my flat Water Brush,  so it looks like one page.  This paint is awesome to use!!  It is loaded with color and glides on so smooth!   I know I will be using this a lot!!


Then,  I used my stencil in 2 ways.  I used the corners on the top left and lower right , and the female face too.  I had all these big ideas on all the techniques and products I would use but when I used the first Gel Xtreme marker (gold) on the corners I fell in love again!!  These markers are amazing!!  And when you are done, it looks like you used leafing.  They are that  amazing!!!


Again, here is my finished project.  I LOVED making it!

Thanks for visiting!!