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Red hot pepper

A beginner’s guide with tips and techniques for making the most of your oil pastels, by Tim Fisher

Oil pastels


How to paint with oil pastels

Mark making and how to create special effects

In this oil pastel painting project, you will learn how to make some basic marks with your oil pastel, and layer and blend colour to give a realistic effect to your work. Finger blending helps to push the oil pastel into your painting surface. For this project, the canvas surface is quite coarse, so the blending process helps to ingrain the colour into the canvas.


Painting a red pepper

You will need


• Stretched canvas


• Colour Shaper (No. 6)

• Scalpel

• Wet wipes (baby wipes)

Pastel colours

• Ruby red

• Vermilion

• Royal blue

• Chinese orange

• Olive green

• Yellow ochre

• White

• Payne’s grey

Step 1

Draw in the main shape of the pepper with the ruby red pastel.

Step 2

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the November issue of Leisure Painter. Aimed at amateur painters, who want to make the most of their painting time, Leisure Painter is the UK's best-selling practical art magazine. Within this issue you will find tips and techniques for filling an illustrated journal and how to set yourself regularly painting challenges. There are painting projects from photographs to try, and step-by-step demonstrations for painting buildings, autumn leaves and landscapes in watercolour; still lifes, wildlife and trees in acrylics; and a detail from a ship's rigging in oils. Learn how to add colour to your sketches, follow a beginner's guide to working with oil pastels, and have fun using new coloured marker pens. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.