Oil Pastels + Oil = Paint!

August 28, 2012

oil pastels

I’ve been day dreaming my way through a lovely art book I borrowed from the library. One day I will have time, and space, to try some of these things, to create something, I tell myself. Then I snapped out of wishful thinking mode and realised that I could play around with ideas now, and in fact, lots of them would be fun for the kids to explore and experiment with too! And that’s how we discovered the magic of oil pastels and oil…

What You Need…
Oil pastels
Oil – we used olive oil because we live next door to an olive grove.
Water Colour paper, or some nice heavy-ish paper
cotton buds (it’s what we call q-tips)

What to Do…
Draw a picture with lots of strong, bright colours!

oil pastels

Dip your cotton bud in a little bit of oil, wipe off the drips then rub it over your drawing and watch the oil pastels magically turn to paint!

oil pastels and oil

You can blend colours together easily, or use a different cotton bud for each colour to keep them separate.

oil pastels

It’s a bit like using water colour pencils but the colour is lovely and bright!

This activity is easy, not very messy and loads of fun!

Find lots more activities for kids at the ‘It’s Playtime’ link up.

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Kelly August 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

We love art that transforms like this! We must try it out – pinning now!


Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky August 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Love it! Pinned it :)


Janice @ learning4kids August 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

What a FAB idea!! I love your magic paint and can’t wait to try it out with the kids!


stephanie August 29, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Gorgeous drawings!


Penny August 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

How have I not thought of this before? I have all the stuff for this activity too! Yay, I can feel some creative juices flowing. I may love this activity as much as the kidlets!


Jode August 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

What a great idea…love those colours and pinning now!


Bek @ Just For Daisy September 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm

This is fabulous! :) Great to get Miss Daisy to start tracing and using those fine motor skills a little more in her art! :) Thanks for sharing! Pinned it and will let you know how we go!


Lesley September 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I will be trying this out tomorrow, it sounds neat!!


Kate - An Everyday Story December 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I reckon my little guy would enjoy this. Maybe with a paint brush though. We only ever use our oil pastels as really vibrant crayons. Hehe I’m sure that’s not their intended purpose :D


Ronnie Pearce July 4, 2013 at 1:33 am

Perfect timing as school holidays are about to start for my oldest


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