Intro To Pastels For Kids: How To Blend With Oil Pastels Rob February 5, 2013 Art Supplies Oil pastels are awesome! How to blend with oil pastels is really easy, after understanding these two simple steps. Build the pastels from light colors to dark colors. Then use your lightest color to smooth and blend. Materials Download and print the free project. Oil pastels (specific colors: yellow, orange, red, light green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, white) Watch How To Blend With Oil Pastels Side tip: The free download specifically uses small squares to help conserve oil pastels. As a parent I am (sometimes) money conscious, and one thing you’ll find out about oil pastels…they disappear quickly. They disappear because they “go on” thick. So with any oil pastel activity, I tend to keep the activities smaller. If you’re having trouble watching the video here, watch it on YouTube! Step By Step Instructions (fire) 1. Use the yellow oil pastel to first color the fire edges. 2. Then use orange to create the same fire shape, but lower than the yellow edge. 3. Next do the same with the red oil pastel. Draw the same fire shape but lower than the orange edges. 4. Then with the yellow oil pastel, go back over all the colors. This will smooth out the texture and blend all the colors together. 5. To do the background we switched the rule, and used the darker color (red) first. That’s fine, it’ll just give you a different (darker) result. Use the red oil pastel to quickly color in the background. 6. Then use orange (or yellow) to smooth and blend the red. That’s it! Now experiment with it by trying different colors and see how it turns out. Download And Print If you’d like to download this free oil pastel activity, click the image below and right click to save. Lesly This is great. We did it already. Pictures to come. Thanks again Rob! http://artforkidshub.com Rob Awesome Lesly, can’t wait to see them! Gauri Can this be done with wax crayons too? http://artforkidshub.com Rob Thanks for asking! You certainly can, but in my opinion you don’t get nearly the same result. http://www.chrisandgaylene.blogspot.com gaylene This is such a great tutorial. I actually owned oil pastels a few years ago but couldn’t figure out how to blend them better. I’ll have to find them and try them out again! http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob Hi Gaylene! You’ll have to let us know how it turns out. And let us know if you have any other questions. Would love to see what you guys come up with :) Rob Pingback: Free and Frugal Ways to Learn Art in Your Homeschool | Free Homeschool Deals ©() Pingback: Intro to Blending with Oil Pastels | SUPER MOMMY TO THE RESCUE() http://supermommytotherescue.com Stacie Wow I am very impressed with how detailed the video was. We paused it as we went along. I never know oil pastels could blend like that. This was my sons first try at using them. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful tutorials. http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob Hey Stacie! Nice to meet you and so glad you found our site. Also, glad you found it helpful too :) It really does mean a lot that you’d take the time to leave such a nice comment, thank you! Please stay in touch and if your son has any requests, let us know! Rob Carry This is perfect for showing my Year 3 class how to use oil pastels. It’s really clear so it will be easily accessible for them. Thank you so much. http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob Hi Carry! Thanks for writing and your feedback. Please let us know how it goes with your students! Rob http://fivetimesblessed.etsy.com Nancy Mills Rob! Super fun lesson! I teach Art to K-1 kiddos and this video really helped! Thanks so much! http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob Hi Nancy! Thank you for your kind comment. Glad it helped out! Regards, Rob Charlotte We found you in the Fall and have loved doing art class each week. I home school my kids and am grateful for the detailed instruction with different mediums. My parents used your pastel blog post to purchase art supplies for the kids for Easter. Thank you!!! http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob Hi Charlotte! I’m so glad to hear we’ve been helping with art class for so long, that’s really cool! I promise we’ll do more pastel art soon. I feel bad we haven’t done more. Please tell all your kids we said HI! And thanks so much for your kind comment, means the world! jacob jackson @Rob I really liked your way of explaining the drawing skills for young kids. I just wanted to share a tutorial that I came across, I think it would be beneficial for them to draw different animals and characters. Pingback: Send your little artist #BackToSchool with eeBoo art supplies :: review() Trisha Super cool! Thanks for sharing. We love your family interaction as much as we enjoy the art :-) Natasha Another home school mom here – wanting to say THANK YOU!! My kids loved this activity and we’re off to do the Saint Patrick’s Day activity. We would love more projects with oil pastels. Thanks. http://artforkidshub.com/about-the-author/ Rob He Natasha! Thanks for saying thank you! I’m so glad you found us, thank you for the request! We’ll do more, promise! Rob emily i love the way you blended it Cee thank you so much Rob. I am so happy everytime visit this website for my kid. Now my kid is just a year and half anyway I would love her to have fun with art at home with me. Thanks again. http://artforkidshub.com/ Rob @ ArtForKidsHub! You are so welcome Cee! I’m glad you’re having fun with us. And yes as soon as she can hold a crayon, put a piece of paper in front of her :) Cee I love this, thank you. http://artforkidshub.com/ Rob @ ArtForKidsHub! You’re so welcome! abigail thanks so much rob I love your videos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://artforkidshub.com/ Rob @ ArtForKidsHub! You are very welcome! http://artforkidshub.com/ Rob @ ArtForKidsHub! Awe, thank you so much! Glad we could help!