19 February 2012

Oil pastels with collage






Not a lot of new work has come out of my studio this week  - I missed Illustration Friday :( - but rather than not show anything at all,  I've decided to share a few colourful experimental pieces I've played about with over the last few weeks.  The above little pieces are clips created from a larger work created from small shapes torn from magazine pages with added oil pastel work.  No particular design in mind - just going with the flow....very liberating!  Thanks to Carolyn Saxby for a reminder of this process - I worked from this tutorial by Sue Dove.


Here you can see I have pasted shapes torn from magazines onto a sheet a plain paper.  I did start with  colours in mind... but then I just worked the oil pastels fairly randomly around the shapes.



this is the colourful finished page which I then flipped over and divided up by cutting into the page from the back - that way you don't know exactly where you'll be snipping!



I hope these little rectangles and squares might be inspiration for something in the future..!





I enjoyed the process so much that I had to make more!





 Sliced up sections from the original page make for interesting mini abstracts.




I pasted them into a sketchbook as reference - perhaps for future paintings or textiles.  I've used a few for little additions to handmade cards and collages.  And if they don't get used I think they make a lovely display!




If you've got a set of oil pastels I recommend you have a go!  By the way, the same exercise can be done with paint too - just layer watercolours or acrylics for similar effects!   Have a go!!



Stay tuned for more experiments with inks, watercolour and underwear next!!!!

18 comments:

  1. I love this!!! Thanks sooooo much for showing this and the links ...this looks like soooo much fun and exactly what I needed ....I am too busy binding books and sewing ,,,I neeeed to get messy:) I will be doing this tomorrow...your examples are FABULOUS!!! thanks sssssooooo much!!

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    1. Hi Cynnie! So glad you like this it's something I like to do when I have a few spare minutes -you can switch off and just let the pastel do it's thing! Hope you have fun with the technique! C

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  2. Whaaaaaaaat? Underwear???? Ooooh, I'm so intrigued!

    Wowie, what a liberating exercise! It sure looks like fun. I wish my experiments looked half as good as yours!

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    1. Hello Bella! Not quite burn your bra stuff, but plenty of ripping goes on!

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  3. Delicious idea! Your experimental pieces have turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thanks Robyn - I love these spontaneous pieces that really don't involve any planning - it's nice to 'find' little gems within!

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  4. Thanks for this Caroline. I will try it as I need to 'free up'! Love your mini abstracts.

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    1. Hi Nicky - yes - it's fun to have nothing particular in mind and find little surprises when it's finished!

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    1. Hi Brigitte, Thanks - oil pastels do look vibrant on the paper!

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  6. Beautiful! Maybe I'll play around with this idea sometime. I really like what you've done with this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the process Linda!

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  7. I love this idea. So much better than a blank piece of paper. I especially love cutting it up afterwards from the back.

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    1. Mim - the slicing up is the exciting part - though I admit to cheating a bit so that I get the words in one piece!

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  8. Wow, Caroline!! Love these!! I remember battling with oil pastels in school and even getting an F on a project with them. Oh how I battled..you now have my interest piqued and I may just have to dig them out..how cool!

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    1. LOL! Yes Shirley - I agree they're not the easiest tool to handle - especially if you are used to detailed work - but they are great for 'letting go'!!

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  9. Very interesting process! I'm feeling creatively stumped at present so maybe this is the jump-start I need. I'll give it a go and see what happens. Thanks!

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  10. Do give it a try Katie - it's good fun!

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