Oil Pastel Technique: Abominable Snowballs

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A snowball with feet and a cute monster-like face. The snowball was outlined with oil pastel and the oil pastel is smeared to look like the snowball is flying at you.  The text says, "Cool Colors - Abominable Snowballs Step-by-Step Demo."
 
 
 
I’m going to show you an oil pastel technique to make an abominable snowball flying through the sky.  This fun winter drawing idea uses markers and an awesome oil pastel technique.  Great for your first art project after a break, or after a snow day.  Sneak in a little review of cool colors in this art lesson!
Using a Roll & Draw page to draw the abominable snowball.

Use the Abominable Snowball Roll & Draw

 Start by drawing your abominable snowball.  The Roll & Draw page or Choice page in the Winter Drawing Fun set will make this easy. 

I’m using a gray Crayola marker but you can use any color.  Since it’s a cold snowball, I’m using the cool colors green, purple, and blue.

 
 

Oil Pastel Technique

Nose Color

 To add color to the nose, I’m using a purple oil pastel (Crayola).  I’m outlining just inside the marker line. 

Paper Towel Trick

Next, I’ve covered my finger with a paper towel.

Then, I’m blending the purple into the center of the nose by using a circular motion.

Showing how to blend the oil pastels with a paper towel.
 

Flying Snowball Oil Pastel Technique

Outline with Oil Pastel

To make it look like the snowball is flying through the air, I outlined the snowball with a blue oil pastel.

Blend

Then, I’m blending it away from the snowball with a paper towel over my finger. 

Cheek Color

To add a little color to the cheeks of my snowball I’m using blue instead of pink so that I’m still using a cool color.  Plus, I thought it might be more interesting to have blue cheeks. 

Paper Towel Trick

Instead of drawing directly on the paper, I’m coloring the oil pastel on the paper towel.  Then, I rub it on the paper.  Kind of like applying makeup!  

 

Get A Handout of the Steps!

Would you like a handout that you can use with your students to remember the steps of this oil pastel technique?

You can get it here!

 

 

 

Click on the image to get your free infographic!

Use this infographic to display in your room or share with parents, administrators, or other teachers as a way to point out some of the academic benefits of learning to draw. While they are not the only reason for using drawing as part of a balanced curriculum, they are certainly worthy of celebrating and may help you advocate for including drawing as part of your art or classroom learning experiences.

A snowball with feet and a cute monster-like face. The snowball was outlined with oil pastel and the oil pastel is smeared to look like the snowball is flying at you. The text says, "Cool Colors - Abominable Snowballs Step-by-Step Demo."
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Stacey Peters

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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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