Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Using cooking oil to blur oil pastels

I had no idea that plain old cooking oil could be used to blur oil pastels.  But once I found out, I had to try it for myself.  One afternoon I doodled away on some computer paper while Chuck napped.

Then, I used Q-tips and swabbed my pictures in canola oil.

The colors and lines blurred together.  The images also became translucent.  Here's how a picture looked before:

And here's how it looked after:


But what to do with my oily pictures?  After drying up the excess cooking oil, I traced and cut out some circles.



Then I taped my circles to the window and made some lovely sun catchers.

Hrmm... I wonder what kind of art Chuck would make....

(On a more serious note- Given the terrible tragedy that happened in Boston, I debated whether to put this post up.  Is writing about crafts too frivolous?  *Sigh*  It's just so sad that people could do something so horrible to others.  *Sigh*  In the end, I've decided to upload this post.  I can't do anything to directly help those affected.  However, I can keep praying and writing posts that hopefully bring a bit of cheer to anyone who reads them...)

31 comments:

  1. Remember computer paper with the holes on the sides? Lol. Justine

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    1. hahahhaha. yah. i loved tearing the sides off and poking my pencil through the holes...

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  2. are those mums or gerber daisies? anyhoo so lovely and love the spring flowers :)

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    1. eh... i'm not actually sure.... i just drew the typical petal-ly asian-y flower. (yeah, is my black thumb showing?)

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  3. Beautiful! You are such an artist :)

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  4. These are so great! I especially love the pink and yellow flowers. In my university art class we used baby oil to blur the oil pastels, good to know that cooking oil also works! Thanks :)

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  5. Excellent! Now I have two choices: cooking oil or baby oil! Thanks for this great looking share :) Pinned!

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    1. :) Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment Jeanine! :D It made my tough day a little bit brighter.

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  6. These are so cute! I love the pink and yellow flowers, too

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