Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Second Thursday Tutorial on Wednesday: Lutrador, part 2

Today we are once again exploring Lutrador.  If you missed part 1, please go here.

I realize my scanner is on its last leg, but I took all the photos late at night and this page looked better after I scanned it.

I wasn't sure I had Oil Pastels, but fortunately, I did.

I got out several of my pastels, incuding the pastels that CJ sent me. but when I looked they were not oil pastels.

However, I had these sticks Susi sent me for my birthday one year.  She told me they could be used just like water soluble crayons.

When I examined them, they were exactly the same ones Riley used and recommended.

Just like in the original book photos, I started with dry Lutrador.

Although it's hard to see, I added water to the Lutrador and oil pastels.

Using a foam brush, I started to spread the paint on the wet Lutrador fabric.

I continued adding water until the paint was distributed across the fabric.

The colors softened as they dried.

Next, I added more color, this time alternating colors to achieve a nice pattern.

Then, as per the instructions, the piece had to sit for two days until it was dry enough to iron.  You need to do this in order to set the paint and remove the excess wax.  Be sure to place a piece of parchment paper, paper towel, or your silicone mat over the Lutrador before you iron it.

Once dry and ironed, it was more subtle than I expected.

Much to my surprise, however, the reverse side was more vibrant.


1.  I was shocked at how the "boxes" I created in the first place never totally went away.  I thought they would eventually blend once the water was added, but even after ironing, you can see they are still there, especially when seen from the reverse side. 

2.  The accent "boxes" were much brighter than I anticipated, again, especially from the reverse side.

3.  Check your reverse side.  You may like it better than the front.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  Remember, you don't have to purchase the book, because I'll go through as many projects as I have products for.  I plan to sew on this piece once we get to the sewing section.

Once this post goes live, it will be called Lutrador part 2: Portfolio Oil Pastels on my Tutorials page.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

This is truly fascinating!
And beautiful, too.
Really. Why did we never hear of such techniques at school?! What dumb stuff did we learn there?!
Thank you!

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for another interesting tutorial, have a wonderful day, Valerie

RO said...

This turned out really well and I love the colors so much! Hugs, RO

aussie aNNie said...

Great and interesting as always, lady of knowledge. x

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, was not familiar with this at all-thank you

CJ Kennedy said...

That turned out beautiful. said...

Great demo ~ I've never played with oil pastels. pretty colors!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I still haven't dug out my Lutrador but I do know where my oil pastels are so I'm halfway there! I loved the colours you used here Elizabeth - interesting results! I might just have to play with my oil pastels for now! Hugs, Chrisxx

Sami said...

Interesting results with the pastels Elizabeth.
I used to paint with pastels, my favourite medium, but it's been over 13 years since I last painted.

My name is Erika. said...

This is amazing Elizabeth. The results came out super. I haven't used Lutradur for awhile, but I think I need to dig mine out. You've inspired me! What a gorgeous page my friend! Thanks for the tutorial. And happy Wednesday too. Hugs-Erika

Nancy said...

Interesting- I have not used Latradur before, and oil pastels not very much. Yes, that original area of color pigment stayed stronger than the rest. And the lightening was a surprise, too.

Sandra Cox said...

I love this piece. It's both colorful and soft.
Good job!
Take special care and stay safe, my friend.

DVArtist said...

I love how this turned out and how you kept adding the water until you got it. I will have to try this.

Rita said...

I fun experiment with such pretty colors. :)

Birgit said...

I would be too scared to use oil pas5ela but I like what you are making.

Kokopelli said...

Love the piece you made!

craftytrog said...

Beautiful effects. I don't have any lutrador, but I have some Portfolio oil pastels that I love.

Let's Art Journal said...

Fabulous and surprising! I love how this turned out and it looks like you had fun too 😀. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Divers and Sundry said...

Cool! turned out so well!

butterfly said...

I went back to have a look at the earlier post, which I seem to have missed at the time, and they look like amazing products to play with. I love how the fibres of the paper stay present, and how the colours shift and soften as they dry to that magical soft blended ombre. Gorgeous complementary colour patches in each section which makes it all zing. Lovely!
Alison x

Jeanie said...

You do some of the most interesting things. I can't imagine what it's like to be in your work room but I think you would be a remarkable teacher. Beautiful with the pastels.