Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Crayons and Oil Pastels

Today I worked with lines and scribbles, inspired by a few of my students who were in the 100 Drawings class.  My goal was just to see what I can do with crayons, oil pastels, and other line-making tools, on their own, without point.  I did venture into paint, though, as you'll see in the video, but the focus is on drawing media.  These are not meant to be "pieces", or even studies.  They are just byproducts of my playing around.  Which is how I like to think of all my work.

Crayola, various oil pastels, water soluble crayon

Crayola, various oil pastels, water soluble crayon
Crayola, various oil pastels, water soluble crayon

This one started on a piece of "scrap" paper, one I'd used to lift paint.  So it has a ground of acrylic paint.  I scratched through the oil pastel with a razor into the dark green at bottom right.

This one is soft pastel (the really dusty kind), conte crayon (the black), a few oil pastels, and Crayola crayons.  Maybe some graphite in there too.

Graphite of various sorts, oil pastels, water soluble crayon

Graphie, ink, Crayola crayon, and water soluble crayon

Soft pastel, graphite crayon, Crayola crayon, ink, water soluble crayon

Various oil pastels and crayons, acrylic paint

Various crayons and oil pastels, graphite, ink, and acrylic paint

This one started on a piece of "scrap" paper on which I had off-loaded excess paint.  On top of the paint is graphite, oil pastel, and various crayons.

Also done on top of paint off-loads: mostly oil pastel, acrylic paint.
The crayons and oil pastels I reference in the video are:
  • Crayola Crayons, which you can get anywhere, so a link is unnecessary.
  • Cheap Oil Pastels: I used ProArt, but Cray Pas are comparable; Van Gogh are good inexpensive oil pastels.
  • Sennelier Oil Pastels:  these are buttery and pigment-rich.
  • Holbein Oil Pastels:  I love these; they are a bit harder than the Sennelier, and just as smooth and pigment-rich.  They come in a H U G E range of colors, with tints and shades of many colors as well.  These are a bit larger than Sennelier, and comparably more expensive per piece.
  • Caran d'Ache Neopastel: yummy, not as soft as Sennelier, good pigment load.  These are a little smaller than the Sennelier, and very slightly cheaper.  Probably the same price per unit of weight or volume.
  • Caran d'Ache Neocolor II:  these are the water soluble crayons I use all the time. 
In some of the above pieces I've used graphite crayon, graphite pencils, and pitt pens as well. Fun FUN!! 


  1. Hi Jane,
    I gave my crayola boxes to my granddaughter, after keeping them for years. O dear!
    I loved your combinations of different crayons and will try the combos for my circles.
    Take care

  2. Jane, I simply want to say thank you... for your generosity toward your fans, with freely sharing ideas and techniques and encouragement to experiment and to just have fun playing. You are appreciated and admired.

  3. Love these, especially those with the paint added.

  4. Looks like a fun way to spend some time...with amazing results. Yummo!

  5. Really lovely colour combinations! Thank you for sharing.

  6. I just love these drawings Jane !!

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  8. Lovely juicy crayons! I'm away from the studio at the moment and now you have me craving to get back and have a play! Thanks for sharing the video Jane! :)
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  9. how come your scribbles look so much better than my scribbles?

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