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First attempt with thinning oil pastels

I have been doing my Art Journaling Every Day work, a lot of it by prepping an old art journal I did for Anatomy/life drawing in university in 1990.  I took out some pages and reglued them in with matte medium so they would have both double strength pages and clean backing pages since the original markers ran through the cheap old pages.  I then Gessoed all the blank pages and I am in the process of covering some of the others with matte medium to protect the original sketches and leave them workable.

I am following the Strathmore Art Journaling Series (next purchase a Strathmore Watercolor Art journal or mixed media journal) and one of the suggestions she had was using Oil pastels with an odorless thinner.  I have oil pastels, a 36 set and a 25 set nearly untouched because I dont like the choppy look of them but I decided to give it a try since I would be carrying it in the Art Bag Of Holding known as my Backpack.  I had a 20% off coupon at Fred Meyer and theyhad odorless mineral spirits for $5 in a nice little bottle with a secure cap so I got it ($4)

Izzie (Alex’s sister) and I went to the coffee shop and I did some artwork Friday afternoon and the only watercolor paper I had with me was for my 8x8in loose leaf journal and it had been prepped with a watercolor wash already.  I used a tissue I had in my bag and laid out a large piece of plasticized freezer/butcher paper to protect their table and started just messing around with the page.

I seldom draw faces but I wanted to give ti a try so this is what I eventually came up with:

My 1st attempt at using oil pastels with thinner

Sadly the photo is from my phone and not too great, I will scan it eventually after I seal it with fixative and give it time to dry completely.  This fills both my Art Journal Every Day goal and my 8×8 Art Journal Weekly goal where I am going to do a page in my 8×8 journal as well as any of my random journal work.

Izzie was so impressed by how it came out I gave her my old 25 piece Pentel oil pastel set (which as I said looked like new since I had not used much of it).  Even though they are older they just need the tops rubbed off a bit to be good and usable.  I kept the 36 piece Pro-Art set and I intend to invest in a much better set soon as well as another book of watercolor paper, though I would like to find one smoother paper