I've had a good time experimenting with my new oil pastels. The first application was with a mixed media piece. I had the next spread in my journal already prepped with acrylic paints. I also had a black and white photo from a 2010 calendar that begged to be cut apart and included. I discovered that these pastels are a little too transparent for my liking in using on top of acrylics - especially the yellows. I really thought they would be more opaque. I did like the way the black and white worked on my spread.
I liked the mystical feel of the spread, but I was eager to start with a white background. I wanted to experiment with blending multiple colors together and I wanted to see how the turpenoid worked to blend the colors together.
Applied to a white background, I discovered the colors to be vibrant and easily blended with the turpenoid. I liked that some of the application marks remained even after blending with the turpenoid. (Note to self: brush-up on perspective!)
I continued my experimentation by completing a landscape inspired by a photo I'd taken at Headlands Beach on New Year's Eve.
|Headlands Beach Photograph Inspiration|
|Experimental Journal Page|
So - what's my verdict on the Pentel Oil Pastels? I'm glad I bought them and I'm happy to have them in my arsenal of journaling supplies. I think they're a good value for the money and I think you'll enjoy using them too if you haven't already tried them.
Until we meet again, snuggle in from the cold and remember to "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"