How to Color with Oil Pastels


If you're learning to draw with oil pastels, you're probably looking for coloring techniques. This wikiHow will cover some ways to fill a picture with oil pastels in gradient and teach you a few techniques that can make you the next Picasso.

Part 1
Coloring a Picture

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Make sure your color is appropriate for the picture; stick with a solid color like red, yellow or green. The shades you pick late will depend on this solid color, so choose it accordingly. If looking for a good brand, I would personally go with Staedtler Noris Club oil pastels. They have a nice texture and are easy to color with for beginners. If you can afford the pricy, go with the Sennelier oil pastels

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After picking the solid color, choose the dark, medium and light shades of that color. Shades are the different tints of a solid color. You can find shades in oil pastel kits or in art and craft shops. If you don't know which shades are of a particular color, just see the tint and match it with the solid color.

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You can choose to go from down to up to down, left to right or from right to left. Color with a zigzag movement in your hands and do not color in different directions. Do this step with patience. The dark should be filled in 20% The medium should be filled in 30% The light should be filled in 50%

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You wouldn't want a messy picture.The blending is the heart of this technique. Blend one shade with the other until they aren't shown as two different colors. If the colors are blended properly a gradient shade eventally forms.

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You want to do this so the Oil Pastel Shavings do not smudge the picture and ruin it.

Part 2
Using the Slide Technique

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For example, blue, light blue, purple, and white (which can definitely make it impactful). You can also use a mix of oranges if you want a sunset sky. When you choose the colors, make sure they come from the same solid color as shades.

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Slowly and carefully draw loose ,free lines with different shades. They should be close to each other and overlap so you can smudge them later on.

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After this you can use your fingers or a napkin to smudge them even more.This creates a foggy effect for the skies or waves and completes the technique beautifully.

Part 3
Using the Tap Technique

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It doesn't have to be shades. It can be a mix of different shades and even a solid color. The choice depends on the way you want your picture to be. Remember to be creative!

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Make sure the dots are close as possible to form this effect. Do this slowly while holding the pastel in a proper position. The pastel should be held slant, not straight so you can tap dots straightly. This step may take some time so be tolerant.

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You get a nice texture feeling in your colored picture. You can use this technique for different objects, from animals to trees and everything in between.