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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - February 27, 2021

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Beautiful Bee Portraits

Although it’s not yet spring, let’s create some art that allows us to dream of warmer weather! We will be creating Beautiful Bee Portraits in today’s #MAGsatathome activity.

An Oil Pastel is a painting and drawing medium formed into a stick which consists of pigment mixed with a binder mixture of non-drying oil and wax.

If the paper/surface is completely covered with oil pastel, it is considered a painting.

Oil Blending is a fun technique carried out by simply dabbing some type of oil such as baby or cooking oil on a cotton swab or cotton ball. You use the oil to blend into the surface over the previously applied oil pastel. You can smooth and push your colours together and/or control which direction you want the blending to go.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: 9x12” coloured pastel paper or drawing paper, ink pad, stamp, pencil, various oil pastel colours, small container of oil (cooking or baby), cotton swabs, paper towel, photocopy of a bee.

Step 1. Begin by stamping randomly over your paper. For added interest, have some stamps overlap and/or some going off the page.

Step 2. Lightly draw out the image of your bee with pencil. If you feel confident enough to start drawing with the oil pastels instead, go ahead! *Keep in mind that we want the bee to be large and take up a good amount of the paper.

Step 3. After you have gotten the outline of the bee drawn on with oil pastel, begin to colour the bee in. *You do not need to press hard; fill the whole bee in with pastel.

Step 4. When you are satisfied with your coloured in bee, dip an end of a cotton swap in the oil. Carefully use the tip of the swab to blend the oil pastel together. *When you are switching from blending black to a lighter colour, get a fresh cotton swab. After you have finished blending the pastel colours together, gently dab any excess oil of your drawing with paper towel.

Step 5. When you are satisfied with how your bee looks, go back in with your stamp and go over some of the stamps that are now covered by your bee portrait. You can also use some oil pastel to go over your stamp prints if the ink doesn't stick to the oil pastel.

Bee Portraits Instructions

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