March Color Madness continues with our focus on Oil Pastels and Graphite Sticks! If you would like to try out different techniques with pastels, try both our Soft Oil Pastels and Water-Soluble Pastels. Visual inspiration is so valuable to start the creative vibes, so enjoy our post full of everything you need to be able to use your Oil Pastels and Graphite Sticks! Our Design Teams have absolutely astounded us with their creativity, color palettes and composition!
"The Prima Soft Oil Pastels are absolutely amazing! You have to try these to believe me. This product is not soluble in media or water, like most other coloring mediums . This may be a challenge initially for many, but that is what makes it sooo unique! The colors are soft and creamy and you can use your fingers to blend them easily, give beautiful gradients or layer on top of each other! Don't forget to look at the back of the packaging for some hints ;)"
Prima Products: Soft Oil Pastel- #590802, Art Basics - Heavy black gesso- #962968, Art Basics Heavy gesso white- #962951, 8x10" stencil- Believe- #587185, Art Basics- Light paste- #961404
"The soft pastels are just amazing! Believe me...Once I started, I just couldn't stop myself. They aren't water soluble, which makes them just perfect to try out so many techniques. Today I used the scraping technique for my journal cover. It was so fun and easy!" ~ Jaya Raghuvanshi
Prima Products: Soft Oil Pastel- #590802, Art Basics - Heavy black gesso- #962968, Art Basics Heavy gesso white- #962951, Art basics- double sided texture brushes - #963873, Metal confetti die- Variety- #587086, SIIC Epiphany- #576226
"Have you tried the Water-Soluble Oil Pastels?? I love them!! The colors are so powerful, and it’s so easy to use them in a variety of ways. Here, I mixed oil pastels, Watercolor Confections Pastel dreams and Color Bloom II - Wild Raspberry to create the background of my canvas. I added a lot of layers with the Wild & Free Collection papers and flowers!" ~ Nathalie Dalibard
"This is the step by step video tutorial on how I created this layout. Enjoy!!"
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrYkVmLX2kw&feature=youtu.be
Prima Products: -#585662 12x12 Watercolor Panel –#590253 Watercolor Confections - Pastel - #814328 Artist quality Oil Pastel Crayons 24 colors – #992262 12x12 Collection Kit - Wild & Free –#594572 Wild & Free Flowers - Moonlit Passion -#847760 12x12 Rossibelle - Wildflower - #594695 Wild & Free Flowers - Free Spirited -# 594664Wild & Free Flowers - Wander -# 588779 COLOR BLOOM 2 – WILD RASPBERRY --#961374Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - White (17 fl. oz.) -#961503Texture Paste - White Crackle (8.5 oz.) -#963705Art Ingredients: Art Stones - # 587086 Confetti Metal Dies - Variety
"There they are! My two sweet princesses, back when they were little. Nowadays, they look so different in many ways. Naturally, they have grown up, but also their appearance has changed, they are discovering themselves. So cool! I used quite a few different coloring mediums in my page; the main key being the two different oil pastel sets. I created a little step by step for you if you want to see how the page was made." ~ Riikka Kovasin
Prima Products: 847753 – 12x12 Watercolor Paper Pad, 847760 – Rossibelle Wildflower 12x12, 847784 – Rossibelle Nostalgic 12x12, 847449 – Royal Menagerie A4 Paper Pad, 590802 – Soft Oil Pastels, 814328 – Oil Pastel Crayons, 589264 – Color Philosophy Frosting, 991555 – Sweet Peppermint Watercolor Resist Tags, 591304 – My Prima Planner Embellishments Cardstock Stickers, 587420 – 3D Wood Alphas 1” House, 961893 – Clear Stamps Messy, 960902 – Clear Stamps Circles, 585891 – Water brush
"I used Oil Pastels to add color accents for layout’s background. I love how it works with any mediums, so I add few pieces from orange crayon to light paste, mixed them and add to the page through the stencil. To make my layout brighter and more interesting, I painted one sheet from Coloring Book #4 with Tropicals Watercolor Confections and cut flowers and leaves, than add them to layout. I love how it looks." ~ Nastya Istorkina
Prima Products: 847777 12x12 Rossibelle - Vintage Memories, 814328 Artist quality Oil Pastel Crayons 24 colors, 589783 WATERCOLOR DECOR BOOK VOL. 4, 584269 Watercolor Confections: Tropicals, 590536 Rossibelle Flowers - Ulyssia, 590550 Rossibelle Flowers - Harper, 590543 Rossibelle Flowers - Arabella, 961466 Art Basics - Clear Gesso, 584283 Vintage Alpha Card Set In A Box, 586973 Chipboard and More - Rossibelle, 586980 Rossibelle Druzy Stones, 961404 Art Basics - Light Paste, 847791 12x12 Rossibelle - Notes & Scribbles, 847807 12x12 Rossibelle - Sweet Souvenirs
"I love working with the new graphite water-soluble sticks! They can be reactivated with water and pushed around with a brush. Having different shades (2b - 12b) is also helpful when adding shadows in faces; creating more depth." ~ Mindy Lacefield
"A wonderful Prima Princess in black and white is especially mysterious. Graphite Sticks can make beautiful shades of black and gray." ~ Natasha Kuzina
"As usual, I started my work by creating the layers. I used paper from Vintage Emporium, then I added a thin layer of Heavy White Gesso. When the gesso was dry, I took the oil pastels, as you can see in the photo, I just drew colourful lines. I later blended these lines with the help of brush and water. The final shade only depends on amount of water and the pastels. Oil pastels offer you a great new experience if you’ve never tried them before, and I think you’ll find that they’re not difficult to use. I took different stamps, mainly with theme of print. Without planning, I stamped them with the help of black ink." ~ Monika Huculak
Prima Products: Heavy White Gesso 961442, Soft Matte Gel 961428, Oil Pastels 814328, Vintage Emporium set 583736, Mechanicals Mini Stars 963354, Mechanicals Mini Knobs 963385, Clear Stamp Messy 961893, Cling Stamps Now is the Right Time 962067, Art Ingredients: Art Stones 963705, Art Ingredients: Mini Art Stones 963712, Modeling Paste 961350, 7x9 Stencil Weaving 962333
It is easy to create gorgeous drawings with the help of Oil Pastels! Molly Indra drew this sweet bouquet!
Simple is stunning in this drawing by Molly Indra! With only three colors, she created a spray of flowers!
These tulips arrived just in time for spring, and dress up a Traveler's Journal insert, thanks to Molly Indra!
Molly Indra has stunned us again with her use of graphite sticks! Just drool over these next drawings for a few minutes!
Melanie Van Houten created a stunning portrait using Graphite Sticks and Water Brush Pens. We love how she highlighted the curls in her hair with bold, black strokes!
If you would like a step-by-step tutorial for using Oil pastels, Color Philosophy Inks, Color Bloom Sprays, and Chalk Edgers, make sure you stop by to check out Miranda Edney's Live With Prima video coming up tomorrow! And remember, #colorwithprima!!!