Friday, July 27, 2012

Oil-Rubbed Sea Turtles

I saw this cool technique for using baby oil to blend oil pastels at Life With Moore Babies. I decided to try it with sea turtles. I did it first because I really had no idea how it would work. First I colored a turtle using oil pastels.
I purposely colored lightly on the shell. That's where I wanted the blending to take place. So I went over the shell with a Q-tip dipped in baby oil. First I did the inside of the "circles" then I did the green part.
I really like how it softened the look of the shell.
So I let the kids have a go at it. First the coloring,
and then the oil.

The blending concept was lost on most of them, but they sure loved "painting" with the oil!

I think I will try this technique again using a more abstract approach. And I have to teach them not to press down so hard when they color with the pastels. Blending light scribbles worked the best.

One book I love to read when I teach about sea turtles is Turtle Tide: The Ways of Sea Turtles by Stephen R. Swinburne.
It's definitely not for kids who can't handle books about the death of animals, but I just love it. It's about a sea turtle that lays 100 eggs on the beach, but most of the babies die before making it to the sea. I can't read it to my class without tearing up. Every single time. "And what had been one hundred was now sixty-four."

Fun Fact: The temperature of the sand in which the sea turtle lays her eggs determines the sex of the babies. The warmer the sand, the more females will be born.


Karen C. said...

I have done this with all kinds of designs with my kids....just wanted to suggest to you to use a cottom ball instead of a swab, and then the blending will be more effective and more fun, too! Great ideas!

Betsy said...

Thank you for that suggestion, Karen! I will definitely have to try that.

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