Pushing Color to the Limit

Join Eileen Starr Moderbacher in the gallery for an afternoon of demonstration and exploration with water-soluble wax pastel crayons. Nine more participants welcome.

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Fee: $75
Place: 447 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

E-mail Eileen to sign up, or use the Oakopolis contact page. Space is limited. The first 10 will be accepted. You will send your check directly to Eileen.

Eileen Starr Moderbacher esmoder@gmail.com

water-soluble crayon painting

The most practical and immediate way to learn about using water soluble wax pastel crayons is to dive right in and play with them. For the purposes of this class, we will assume that you have never used this medium before and therefore will begin with the most basic instruction. Beginner’s Mind is a useful state to achieve.

Eileen will provide a examples of both large and small work, from abstract to very detailed patterning.

Oakopolis will provide acrylic paint, paper, and brushes for borrowing and sharing. Handout will include copies of images in stages of development to follow along.


Here are the supplies you should bring:

• Caran d’Ache Neocolor II Artists’ Crayons

These can be purchased individually or in sets at most art stores or online at:

• One (or two) watercolor paper blocks (rough and/or smooth)

• A container for water

An 11 x 17 or smaller block will be fine. You may bring a variety of paint brushes that you like to use.
Other things that might be useful are:

• A #8 Round brush for acrylics

• A #12 Flat brush for acrylics

• A small metal or plastic palette knife

• One or two containers, at least pint sized, to hold water.

• Paper towels or some rags

• A roll of ¾ inch wide low-tack masking tape, sometimes called “artist’s tape”

• Liquitex Medium and paint (or a medium and paint that have on hand)

water-soluble-pastelEileen says, “Sometimes I combine the wax pastel with Acryl Gouache, and sometimes I use, Liquitex Medium to mix with a little pigment or to coat the surface if it gets too thick. Your assortment of flat or round brushes depends on how big your paper is, which can be rough or smooth—however one likes to work. Each receives the medium differently so you may want to try both kinds.”

See you there. Please call Jan Camp if you have further questions about the logistics of the class. 510-847-2901