My two eldest wanted me to do them a face in the oil pastels. I have a bunch of Strathmore Trading Cards which I experiment backgrounds on - so I thought I'd try a couple of faces on those.
These backgrounds (forgot to take starting pictures) were where I had dropped wet drawing ink onto water soaked cards. This first one you can just make out where I have also used it to scrape acrylic paint on another project - all adds to a background effect right?
This time I just did a layer of Matte Medium over the background before I started in with the oil pastels - I was being stingy as my clear Gesso is running on empty. This is where I am loving the learning curve that is 29 Faces. I definitely prefer using the oil pastels over sanded down Gesso. I couldn't control it very well at all over the Matte Medium. It wouldn't blend so well for me - just kept moving the underneath layers around. I suppose it has a better tooth to hang on to with the Gesso.
I also didn't do a base coat of Gouache this time - and you can see the background coming through the faces a lot more. Like I say - steep learning curve. But loving it.
Just as a quick aside - Craig's Mum won the Strathmore Trading Card blanks on their Facebook page ages ago. She gave them to me. I have thrown everything at them: Water, watercolours, acrylics, spritzes, mixed media... and now oil pastels. They take some hammering. If you want to buy some pre-cut ATC/ACEO blanks you wouldn't go far wrong picking up a set of these to play with - if I remember rightly, they come with little envelopes too. I will be buying them again. And no, I am not being coerced/bribed/ paid to say that - just like to pass on info when I like a product.
Thanks for stopping by today :)