Art Lessons from My Daughter

by Melissa on January 24, 2011

I’m drawn to the vivid colors I see in so many art journals. I want to recreate that, but I don’t know how. I heard a couple of artists mention water soluble oil pastels so I thought I would check them out. I bought a cheap set at the local craft store and commenced creating.

Remember my long-necked girl? Well, I used oil pastels for the background and the left side of her hair. But when I used my water pen (another suggestion from one of the artists I stalk) on it, nothing happened.

I thought maybe I hadn’t gotten water soluble oil pastels, so I went back to the store and bought a different brand that specifically stated they could be blended with water.

They didn’t work either. Dang it!

But then my beautiful and creatively artistic daughter said she never blends them with water…she uses a sock. Huh?

She took pity on me and demonstrated her technique:

First, she drew a beautiful rainbow feather.

Then she grabbed her favorite art sock and started rubbing.

I couldn’t believe how nicely the colors began blending together! (And I was more than a little excited about the possibility of having a use for all those stray socks on top of the dryer.)

I couldn’t wait to try out the technique on the long-necked girl. But alas, it still didn’t work. Because the paper I drew her on was glossy, the oil pastels rubbed right off. That’s okay, because I’ve got plenty of paper with which to experiment and ten minutes set aside tomorrow morning to play.

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