How to Use Oil Pastels for Kids

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How to Use Oil Pastels for Kids
Oil pastels can be blended to look like a painting. (a box of oil pastel sticks image by John Hartley from

Use oil pastels to create singular pieces of art that demonstrate your ability to blend colours. Oil pastels are made from coloured pigments and are held together with oils and waxes, allowing them to be blended and smoothed together. You can also use oil pastels with other materials, such as watercolour paints, to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

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Things you need

  • Oil pastels
  • White drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Watercolour paints

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    Sketch your drawing using a pencil on a sheet of white paper.

  2. 2

    Determine which areas of your drawing will be blended oil pastels or areas filled with lines.

  3. 3

    Draw the outlines of the sketch with the oil pastels. It is important to press heavily.

  4. 4

    Colour in the artwork with oil pastels.

  5. 5

    Blend the areas of the drawing by using the sides of the oil pastels. Using the sides of the oil pastels will also help cover more areas of the artwork.

  6. 6

    Layer colours on top of each other to create blended colours.

  7. 7

    Smooth the oil pastels together with your finger or a paper towel. Because the pastels include oil, they will smooth together to look like a painting.

  8. 8

    Use single colours to add strong lines or details. Press hard with oil pastels to make the colours stand out on top of the blended colours. To make the lines stand out, use a lighter colour oil pastel next to the details and lines.

  1. 1

    Create a light sketch of your own design on a sheet of paper.

  2. 2

    Draw over the sketch with oil pastels to create an outline.

  3. 3

    Paint over the oil pastels with watercolour paints. Because the oil pastels contain oil, they will pop through the watercolour paint, revealing the outline.

Tips and warnings

  • Because pastels can be blended to look like paints or used to create dark or light lines in an artwork, you can use them to draw anything of your choosing.

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