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Re: oil pastels and baby oil???


From: artappeal (artappeal_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Mar 30 2001 - 17:22:12 PST

I am teaching my third graders to blend and shade tulips (also color
mixing). I am having success by simply applying the pastels heavily next to
and on top of each other, then blending with a plain cotton swab, no oil or


> I am needing some more help with the idea of using oil pastels to do
> Impressionist style landscapes. Several people gave me suggestions about
> baby oil with the pastels. I tried mineral oil, which I had on hand, but
> wasn't able to get much to happen. I used a q-tip and tried blending or
> brushing oil into the pastel. It will dissolve the pastel a bit- but it
> soaks into the paper- seems like I need to size the paper first(?)
> else suggested paint thinner, but I think that will be too smelly in my
> unventilated room. Is anyone willing to give me some more specific
> on what to do?
> Thanks.
> Susan Holland
> Visual Art Studies
> University of Texas at Austin
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