Art supply guilt can be a good thing. Really! I bought all different types of oil pastels over the years. I used them a wee bit. Since then, these have just been sitting ignored on the shelf and taking up space.
Today the oil pastels were radiating waves of guilt because I hadn’t used them in so long. I could hear the judgment in my head and that can really chase away my muse. But I had a simple way to trade the guilt for joy.
How? I used the oil pastels. Nothing fancy. Just making marks, scribbling. Truly. Even the brown ones. Yes, I used browns…granted I didn’t use them as much as the others. You’ll also see how I use the extender oil pastel in the video too!
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The extender oil pastel is colorless and it lets me smear and blend colors in a way that is different from just using your fingers to do it. Seeing the colors mingle and move brings me instant joy.
The part of my brain that wants to know what I will “do” with this. I’m going to enjoy it. And then when I am done with that it might get cut up into art journal backgrounds. Or maybe something else. Who knows…well…I do know one thing for certain, there will be a free Spark of Art-spiration made with it.
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The guilt I felt over my oil pastels got me to play with them…after all I would rather feel joy than guilt. This strategy for dealing with art supply guilt works with any supply so if you ever have that guilt, now you have a way to turn it into joy.
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