5 Tips and tricks to Create Easy Pastel Art * Pause and Paint

5 Tips and tricks to Create Easy Pastel Art

5 tips to create oil pastel coloring pages

Photo image created by: Nathalie Villeneuve


I’ve been using oil pastels in my coloring books and I love it! Here are 5 tips and tricks to create easy pastel art!

Tip #1 – Apply oil pastel in little circular motion. This helps with better coverage and gives you a nice effect.

Tip #2 – Don’t blend the pastels until you have applied all your colors. You’ll get a nice tones and you can also add more layers.

Tip #3 – Color outside the lines. It’s all going to look great when you blend. This is optional of course because some people prefer to stay within the line and that’s ok.

Tip #4 – Look at your coloring page and illustration as a whole instead of separate areas…like a painting! It’s inspiring to think outside the box and add elements. Make it your own!

Tip # 5 – Continue to add layers on the blended pastels. This will deepen your page and create cool color transitions.

Bonus Tip – Add glitter paint to your coloring page! Make it shine a little. You’ll love it.

Below is the painting which inspired the coloring page in my coloring book.

The story behind it is really cool. I was driving and K-Love was on the radio. I heard the song “Ever Be” and the lyrics really touch me especially this part;

“Now you’re making me like you
Clothing me in white
Bringing beauty from ashes
For You will have Your bride”

I immediately envisioned this women walking pout of the ashes, with her hands on her lips wearing a white dress. I painted it that same week.

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Painting by: Nathalie Villeneuve

I hope you will enjoy to color it as much as I enjoyed creating it.




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Image and Art credits:  Nathalie Villeneuve



Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas.Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections.Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art.For more information: www.NathalieVilleneuve.com


  1. Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos /

    Natalie Villeneuve, what a great idea to use oil pastels in a coloring book! Anyone reluctant to paint free-form would feel confident to do this, and as you said, make it their own. The steps are so easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing the idea. Sharing on my social media pages.

  2. Yvonne A Jones /

    Your creativity with paint continues to amaze me. Love how you share your techniques that help to deepen thee reader’s appreciation while giving tips on how to use paint creatively.

  3. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    Thank you so much for your nice comment and for watching my video. I love to share my love for painting, pastels and journaling!

  4. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    I agree that coloring with pastel is a great way to approach art and creativity. Thank you for your comment and for watching my video!

  5. Anita Kaiser /

    I love this idea of oil pastels in colouring books and the ease and depth of the colours is so pure. Grateful for the constant reminder for the creativity!

  6. Suzie Cheel /

    loge this it makes me get out my oil pastels , only at 10.30pm after a 2 day event ai will pass for tonight but bookmaking to return to xx

  7. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    I can’t get enough of these oil pastels! I’ve discovered them 10 years ago! I am so glad they are still on the market and so affordable!

  8. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    Your comment is so sweet. I also really enjoyed your article this week. As an artist, marketing is not my strong suit but you convinced me to pay better attention in promoting what I do.

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