This is a great technique to try; it involves watersoluble, smooth oil pastels being transferred to paper from a sheet of acetate for beautiful effects.


Step 1: Draw your landscape

Start by sketching a landscape onto the sheet of acetate. We started with warm colours like yellow and orange. Then fill in the landscape with colour. Add some darker tones like red and purple to the mountains and green for the grass will provide a nice effect.

Step 2: Colour

Colour in the sky with a blue pastel- you don’t have to fill in the entire area, white areas can act as clouds. Add some darker blue for shading also. You can bring some of the colours from the mountains into the grass to help the flow and balance of the colour.

Step 3: Creating watercolour

Dip your brush in water and gently wash over the landscape and pastels with the water. Use long strokes, left to right, starting from the top of the page.

Step 4: Transfer

Once the area has been painted with water, flip the acetate over and face down onto your paper. Using a hard rubber roller, roll over the entire sheet of acetate- press firmly. This will transfer your print onto the paper.

Step 5: Touch-up

Now remove the acetate and you will see the print on the paper- you can now go over with the pastels again and fill in the colour.

Step 6: The final step

Now with a wet brush again, paint directly over the pastel to allow the watercolours to blend. To strengthen the colour or if you want to accentuate curves, lines, details or shading, you can add more pigment after the water has been added. Let your artwork dry and it is ready to be displayed!
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