Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Ok...the ONE THING that really bugs me about oil pastels is their jagged edges. They remind me of crayons and how I created art when I was 5 years old looked!! LOL.
Last week I tested out three colored pencil brands to see which one worked best to add a little more depth on top of my oil pastel layers, and to see if any of them helped to define the ragedy edges that are driving me nuts!
Today, I'm testing linseed oil to see if that will work. Join me in the studio to find out!!
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The reason I even have linseed oil is because I recently took an oil painting class to experiment with this medium. Below is an oil painting portrait from one of our classes with a live model...
If you're playing along with me at home in this oil pastels series on YouTube, and you're new to linseed oil - make sure you're using paint brushes for oil painting with it - not your acrylic or watercolor brushes, because none of these brushes can be used interchangeably across these three mediums.
And just a precaution- there is a warning on the product that if rags or paper towels etc. are disposed of improperly with linseed oil on them, these items can spontaneously catch FIRE. I know!! More than a little scary to think about, and a HUGE reason to always read your product labels -especially if there are warnings!
For today's experiment, I dipped my oil painting brush into some refined linseed oil and simply dragged it along one of my ragged oil pastel edges in the hair strands of the oil pastel face on canvas from week #3. This is SERIOUSLY magical. The linseed oil completely melts the rough edges that have been driving me bonkers! This is exactly what I wanted!!
Here's a Before & After pic so you can TOTALLY see the difference!
As you'll see in today's video - it's super important to wipe your brush off onto a paper towel periodically while you're smoothing jaggedy lines with linseed oil.
This is important because you don't want to cross-contaminate colors in your oil pastel layers, or to add these colors to your linseed oil bottle.
I'm LOVING how both of my oil pastel projects are looking just from smoothing a few of the rough edges in each!! This is exactly what I needed!
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