Yesterday I was fooling around with creating a snow-scene painting using a straight-edge razor blade. The fun was how quickly you can completely change a scene by scraping away the oil pastels, revealing new patterns that can give way to a completely new subject/scene.
Three scenes were created on this one piece of 7×5 Mi-Teintes pastel paper. There technicals not correct in the two paintings below, that wasn’t my focus – these were merely quick experiments. The first scene was a rather large, crude pine tree (in the middle of the surface), a gaudy-bright cobalt blue and whitish landscape for snow effects. It really was something to throw away, like ugly gone bad, lol. By mistake I forgot to take a photograph.
Not happy with the painting, I used a straight-edge razor blade and scraped 85% of the oil pastel off the pastel paper. Enough color was left on the surface that i began to see patterns emerge so using oil pastels and my fingers I began to paint another scene – this one a path leading into a forest.
Called Forest Secret 1 - there is no evidence of the first tree painting and what’s below is from my imagination w/o regard to technical correctness I just wanted to let the painting take me where it might:
Letting this painting sit overnight, my first thought when I saw it this morning was to go for a third painting. So this time when I scraped I left much of the second painting, but strategically scraped certain areas added more sky w/blue notes, pushed the forest line back and added a river. I found that while there was plenty of oil pastel mud, I was able to scrape enough that this new layer of OPs laid down very nicely.
This painting is called: Forest Secret 2
If you paint with oil pastels, consider using a razor blade to add a new dimension of creativity to your painting as you explore design, patterns or totally start from scratch. Straight-edge razor blades let you take your painting to new levels.
P.S. I don’t like using the blade on gessoed hardboard, that I’ve prepared, it can scrape too much of the grit off. But with pastel or watercolor papers the sky is the limit as you can scrape right down to the surface.
Sometimes a girl’s gotta have fun ~