i packed my oil pastels for the move, so we had to use crayons instead. Oil pastel’s base is oil, wax is the base of crayons. both refuse to accept water. the old oil & water don’t mix is proven in this wonderful fun art project. i begin the class with showing the children a cup with veggie oil & add water…kids love to watch them separate. i then explain how cool this is to use to our advantage-in art.
i used watercolor paper, i make a box with the crayons (to fence in the paint, then i told the kids to just start making simples shapes, circles, boxes & doodle away, the only ‘rule’ is that all shapes must be closed, like a fenced backyard. to keep the water from running wild .i mixed Sargent’s Watercolor Magic…claims to be washable, it is NOT! after this watercolor is in the paint palette, i add the watercolor (comes in tubes) of Loew-Cornell Metallic watercolor (they do not make this anymore, i managed to find some on Amazon) then i stir the two different watercolors together. the Sargent’s is extremely vibrant & the metallic makes the paint shimmer, added together, they become magic. I use the color wheel rules so as not to have anyone create brown.
there are Professional art supplies & kids art supplies. I am forever mixing things together, so that all rules fall to the wayside. meaning the creations couldn’t really be replicated by a professional artist because they would never condescend to use kids supplies. but pigment is pigment & it is far more fun to mix whatever you have on hand, to create something totally new.
this project is fail proof because the rules of ‘oil & water don’t mix’ always applies. & If you keep the color wheel in mind, while mixing whatever mediums you can think of, then you cannot make mud, just some really cool art. usually with someone asking, “How did they do this?!” the answer is Magic. ~amy
ps the top image, some of the paint is still wet.