You can draw anything with oil pastels. They are easy to use and require no brushes or preparation. If you’re in need for oil pastel drawing ideas consider flowers. They are really fun to draw and you don’t even need many colors to begin with. So here are three easy oil pastel flower drawings you can recreate in no time.
If you want to learn about oil pastels and the different oil pastel techniques first you can check out this article here. We’re going to use some of these techniques so it will be helpful if you know them.
For these oil pastel flower drawings I used my beloved Paul Rubens oil pastels on watercolor paper with a light texture. Use the oil pastels you have and the paper you like.
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What do I need to get started with oil pastels?
How to Draw Evening Primrose Flowers with Oil pastels
This evening primrose drawing is super easy. I used five different oil pastel colors consisting of one yellow, one light orange and three greens (a light, medium and dark value).
Use a yellow oil pastel and draw the petals of the primrose. The petals don’t have to be perfect since nature never is and the more you vary the shapes the more realistic it will look.
Using pressure layer an orange oil pastel color onto the middle of the petals. If you put down the pastel quite thickly it will also add some nice texture and impasto-like look.
Next it’s time to draw the stem. Use a light green oil pastel and lightly sketch in the stem and some leaves.
With a medium green oil pastel draw over the light green to add some depth and contrast.
How to draw Peony Flowers with Oil Pastels
The next flowers we’re gonna draw with oil pastels are peonies. For those I used four colors: a light pink, a dark reddish pink, olive green and a dark green.
Let’s start with the basic shapes and positions of the flower buds. For this use your lightest pink color.
Next, pick up your darker pink oil pastel and place some of the pigments on the petals. Then use your finger or a cotton swab to blend the colors together.
Use the same dark pink color to add more details on the flowers without blending it.
With a dark green oil pastel lightly draw the stems and add some leaves.
For the final step use another green color and add some details and texture to the stems and the leaves. And there is your finished peony oil pastel drawing.
How to draw Forget-me-not Flowers with Oil Pastels
The forget-me-not is the last flower we’re gonna draw for our oil pastel flower drawings. Again, I only used four colors consisting of a light bluish green, a light warm green, a blue and a yellow.
First, use a green oil pastel to draw the stems with some leaves.
For the next step use a blue oil pastel and draw the flowers. Forget-me-not flowers are quite small and delicate therefore don’t draw them too big.
Now, pick a yellow oil pastel. To place the color on top of the blue you can scrape some of the pastel pigments onto a palette knife and then apply them with the knife. For more infos on this technique check out this post.
Lastly, use a different green oil pastel than before and add some details to the leaves and stems. Your forget-me-not easy oil pastel drawing is finished now.
I hope these easy oil pastel flower drawings were inspiring to you and don’t hesitate to show me your flower drawings.
Here are some more oil pastel step by step tutorials:
This Oil Pastel Poppy Landscape Drawing Tutorial by the Virtual Instructor is also really helpful and inspiring!
Have fun drawing and painting with your oil pastels!