Oil pastels 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! the Sargent’s is extremely vibrant & the metallic makes the paint shimmer, added together, they become magic. However, any watercolor paint will work. Just make sure the dry watercolor pallets get very wet, so that they pick up the most pigment.
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. kids can make some really cool art. after their parents see it, they usually ask, “How did they do this?!” the answer is Magic. ~amy
ps the top image, some of the paint is still wet.