How to Create an Oil Pastel Resist Still-Life

Inspired by a lesson plan found on the blog, A Faithful Attempt.

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How to Create an Oil Pastel Resist Still-Life
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First, create a simple still-life. I chose bumpy squash in honor of autumn.

First, create a simple still-life. I chose bumpy squash in honor of autumn.

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Create a light contour sketch of your still- life. Don't forget to draw in your shadow shapes.

Create a light contour sketch of your still- life. Don't forget to draw in your shadow shapes.

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Use chalk to trace over your pencil lines. These lines will eventually darken with ink.

Use chalk to trace over your pencil lines. These lines will eventually darken with ink.

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Apply thick, oil pastel color in between your chalk lines. I recommend blending and layering colors.

Apply thick, oil pastel color in between your chalk lines. I recommend blending and layering colors.

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Quickly apply a layer of India ink over your still-life. When you are done, gently rinse of the India ink in cool water. India ink stains, so be careful. You can also use black watercolor.

Quickly apply a layer of India ink over your still-life. When you are done, gently rinse of the India ink in cool water. India ink stains, so be careful. You can also use black watercolor.

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This process adds a different texture and quality to your artwork. How else can you use this technique?

This process adds a different texture and quality to your artwork. How else can you use this technique?

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