The Perfect Blend: Color Pencil With Oil

The Perfect Blend: Color Pencil With Oil

Today you will study five ways of mixing and creating a smooth transition between several shades of colored pencils and baby oil.

1. Layering

For, a very smooth, “seamless” pattern, ideal for drawing the skin gradually put the colours from light to darkest, gradually reducing the pressure on the pencil. Your task is to make a smooth transition, without creating clear boundaries between colours. Actions need to be repeated until white transparency of the paper is visible.

2. Polishing

For, brilliant bright objects, such as fruit or plastic in this method, colours are applied without a smooth transition, next to each other, and then using the same pencils on the contact areas are gradually shaded and mixed.

3. Colorless Blending Pencil (Colorless Blender Pencil)

With this oil colored pencil, you can soften the hard edges in your color patterns created with soft and hard pencils; create unique bright colors and textures. This is useful in some situations, such as painting the midday haze in the landscape, brightening the upper tones of the skin, or creating transitions of light around the main fragments.

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It is necessary as in the first method to shade the surface of the figure. Only now it is not necessary to apply a large number of layers and to ensure that the paper will not be visible. It is enough for one layer, on top of which you just need to hold a mixing pencil.

4. Use of solvents (mineral oils)

It is suitable for almost everything except skin. In the video, the author uses baby mineral oil (paraffin oil). On the base gradient of flowers, the oil is applied neatly with a small brush and mixes the colours.

5. White pencil

If you want a lighter shade then it is suitable for drawing flower petals. Just apply a base gradient, and then cover it with a layer of white on top.

Oils pastels or oil cakes is a mixture of pigments plus a non-drying oil of neutral pH, such as mineral oil or in some cases coconut oil and perhaps a little wax in some cases to harden more. They work directly on a paper that does not need to be sealed because the neutral pH oil does not corrode it. It is possible in some cases to mix odourless mineral solvents but it is not necessary. They should not be mixed with flaxseed oil because its acid pH would attack the paper little by little. They can be combined with non-greasy cakes or dry cakes and with watercolor considering that liquids and fats are repelled. Over time the paper will suck part of the oil but in reality never dry.


You can also use crayons, pencil and markers along with the oil pastels to achieve a mixed technique, but in that case, just like normal oils, the oil pastels would go on top of the other material (s) otherwise they would tend to reject them.