For her first lesson I showed her a bunch of projects that we could do with oil pastels (her Christmas gift) and she chose this.
It is a simple technique. First you take the white oil pastel and fill in an area on the paper completely. Then you take a color and draw over the white spot you just made. Then you take a pointed stick or pencil without lead and draw your subject matter scraping through the color and revealing the white underneath. Voila!
I make one too so that I could demonstrate the technique. We had a good time and I decided to turn mine into a Valentine for Zach.
I overlapped a few colors for a tropical-fish look and we cut out fish bowls to glue down. We added the details to the bowl with a white oil pastel and a horizon line behind it to create the illusion that it was sitting on a table.
For the final touch I punched white paper with a hole puncher to make bubbles.
|Zach's romantic Valentine|
|The best I could come up with that involved a fish out of water.|
Basically, my sword-fish was too long for the bowl. So he had to suffer without water. I had to find a way to somehow tie it into a Valentine, and I think I succeeded.