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I've been trying to make sense of oil pastels for beginners over the last few weeks in a new series of videos on YouTube. What's the best oil pastel brand for mixed media artists? And how do they work with other art supplies like acrylic paints and colored pencils?
Today - I'm testing three different brands of colored pencils to see which one performs best. I already know Prismacolors work because I used these in my mixed media fox tutorial (if you've been dying to try oil pastels and are looking for a full-length, no timelapse, oil pastels tutorial for beginners - this is your video!). But today, I'm gonna find out how my Prismacolors compare to Poloychromos and the creamiest of Derwent drawing pencils. Let's do it!
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My hypotheses is that Poloychromos will work best with oil pastels because they are also an oil-based art supply. To get this party started, I tested adding highlights to the hair in white on top of canvas I created last week. I used light pressure and absolutely nothing happend. If anything, my white colored pencils removed some of my oil pastel layers and acted more like an embossing tool.
Next, I tested applying shadows using dark colored pencils from all three brands. The prismacolor and polychromo didn't add anything on top of my oil pastel layers, and just like before, performed more like embossing tools. But when I tried the Derwent drawing pencil - I started seeing a difference! It totally added some subtle dimension and helped blend the marks that were already there.
The Derwent drawing pencil also felt the softest and creamiest of the three I tested today, which may totally be why it performed the best.
Stay tuned for next week's video (#5 in this oil pastels series!), because I'll be testing how painting with linseed oil affects oil pastels in a mixed media painting. So fun!!
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Check out my Hamburger System series over on YouTube! My signature mixed media layering process is an exact recipe you can follow at home to achieve SUCCESS with your art supplies each and every time you sit down to create!
It's called the "Hamburger System," and there are 7 key layers using SIMPLE art supplies. CLICK HERE or press the button below to download my FREE Hamburger System cheatsheet so you can follow along at home.
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Join me over on YouTube for a FULL-LENGTH, no timelapse oil pastels project for beginners!! This adorable winter fox was SO much fun to create!!
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