All You Need to Know about Oil Pastels

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For quite a few youngsters, oil Pastels is a favourite medium to use for art projects. The colours are pure, bright and very easy to blend.

About Oil Pastels

Pastels are made from pigments from the ground combined with a binder, which is then pressed and left to dry. The amount and type of binder are what determine if the pastel will be soft, hard, or oil based.

Pastels are made of four different types:
Hard Pastel: These are manufactured with more binder, when compared to the soft pastels and require more pressure when forming them. If you’re looking for sketching and drawing material, they are the perfect choice.

Soft Pastel: These are the best option; the only disadvantage is that they are fragile. However, they’re perfect for your kids to use to design their artwork.

Pastel Pencils: Made into a slender pencil form, these are easy to hold and sharpen. They are a little more expensive in comparison to the others.

Oil Pastels: Finally, you have the oil pastel, which could be considered a step up from crayons. When using these for art, it can be like spreading butter. This unique feature separates it from others. They can be an excellent tool for shading.

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Oil Pastel Painting with kids

What you need:
• Strong paper
Camlin Oil Pastels
• Baby oil or vegetable oil
• Cotton swabs or earbuds

Directions:
• Draw your designs with Camlin’s oil pastels on the paper.
• Dip the cotton or the ear-buds into the oil and carefully rub it all over the drawing.
You’ll notice that the colours will start spreading and blending making it look like a painting but with a slightly different texture. This is caused by friction and the oil. By carefully choosing your colours and designs, you can create some very creative works of art worthy of framing at home.

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Blending with Oil pastel colours

This is a simple DIY that shows you how to blend colours using oil pastels. Your child can learn a lot about combination of colours through this project.
What you need:
• Black and white outline of a fire that you can draw for your child by hand, print or find in a colouring book
• Camlin Oil pastels

Directions:
• You’ll want to start your painting with the edges first and work your way inside.
• The blending pattern should start with a yellow, followed by orange and finally red for the heart of the flame.
• You can also use a darker shade of red further down to make the flame a little more intricate.
• The orange oil pastel will now be used for the base of the fire.
• Then the red on the lower side of the area where the orange oil pastel was applied.
• The darker red is used for the upper part of the artwork.
• To highlight the image, use a nice bright red for the background, surrounding the flame.
When you begin with the second colour i.e. orange, follow the pattern of the flames within the space and repeat the same for the reds. Blend the colours into each other with a little bit of pressure and you’ll see your flame come alive. Try this with various other shapes and colours to get the hang of it and soon you’ll be blending colours to create rich works of art.

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