Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels Review and Techniques

I recently ordered some Prima items and among them were the Water Soluble Oil Pastels. Since one of the boxes came dented up I decided I would keep that one for myself (since the contents were likely damaged- and they were) and write a review about it. 



These pastels come in a box of 24 and retail for $20.00. Simon Says Stamp sells them. We also sell them but by the time this blog post goes up we’ll probably only have a couple left



Once I opened my box I got right to work seeing what these worked well for and maybe not so well for. 



First technique was general coloring. The pastels are very creamy and would even draw on the tip of my finger. I tried scribbling on a thin sheet of non primed paper and it easily took the pastel. I added some water with my paint brush and it easily made the numbers I had written disappear. They are very soluble even on a non primed surface. 



Second technique was mixing with a gel medium. I chopped off the end of one of the pastels with my palette knife and smashed it into some Prima 3D Gloss Gel Medium . It’s not as creamy as a gelato so it took quite a bit of smashing to get it mixed in. I used the red color and you can see the result of me applying it through a star stencil on the picture below on the right. 

On the left side of the picture you will notice some light green dots over a purple wash of color. The purple wash of color was added on top of some dried Prima 3D Gloss Gel to see how it would react. I wanted to see if the water soluble oil pastels would stay on that medium or if it would act as a resist. It dried and stayed on it just fine. Then I was able to scribble the oil pastel on a non porous surface and mix in some Liquitex Gloss Gel Medium to create another colorful mixture to put through a stencil. This blended much easier than chopping off the end of a pastel. 



For my next technique I thought it would be fun to see how they worked on enhancing texture. I added some Golden Molding Paste to my journal and dried it with a heat tool to create some bubbles and get a lunar type of texture. Then I lightly scribbled on top of the texture, squirted some water on it, and blended it out with my finger. Here’s the effect: 

It really gets into all of those small nooks and crannies and really accentuates the texture! 
 
Next I wanted to see how these worked for stamping. This one of my favorite techniques with these pastels and it’s enough to make me happy to own them! All you do is scribble on the back of a stamp and give it a few mists of water and stamp down. You can then use a waterbrush to draw some of the color from the edges to the inside or even grab color directly from the oil pastel to add to your image. Here’s how it came out on 140 lb watercolor cardstock using a photopolymer stamp: 
 
Lastly I tried it on a rubber stamp with 3 different colors to see what would happen and that came out nice too. Here’s what that looked like with a woodgrain stamp: 
 

If you like these techniques then I definitely recommend checking out the Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels



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Here’s a video I put together showing all of these techniques in action! 


Washi Tape Purchasing Secret- Do the Math!

I have to admit that I have fallen prey to the Washi Tape sensation. I don’t normally like following trends, but this stuff is so awesome.  It actually allows tape to be pretty!

I have bought Washi Tape from a couple different sources lately and I want to share with you my findings. If you have not used washi tape before, it is decorative tape that is a paper type of tape which rips off the roll easily. It is not very sticky and can be repositioned easily. Washi Tape originated in Japan and has become a craze in the United States recently. I want to say (but may be wrong) that “smash books” might have had something to do with it. Smash books are supposed to be a way that someone can scrapbook without worrying about everything looking perfect or artsy. You are essentially supposed to “smash” your memories in to the pages nonchalantly. I have yet to do a smash book, but it is one of those things that I am oddly drawn to.

The secret to making sure you are getting a good deal when purchasing Washi Tape is very simple, do the math. I wish I had taken my own advice in the first place. Sometimes I get so excited and want to buy something that I don’t listen to the other part of my brain which is the reasonable half. You will see what I mean below.

Here is a little chart of the Washi Tapes that I have purchased:

Type Where to Buy Price Yards Feet Price/ Yard
Lace Washi WishyWashiTape

$3.45

16

  49′ 2.55″

$0.22

Drew’s Washi w/o disc DiscountCharms

$3.49

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.32

Drew’s Washi W/ disc DiscountCharms

$3.14

11

  32′ 9.7″

$0.29

Cavallini & Co. Amazon

$14.10

80

  240′

$0.18

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Amazon

$8.20

18

  54′

$0.46

K & Co Smash Amazon

$3.39

21

  65′

$0.16

*Discount Charms and WishyWashiTape are both Etsy shops

Starting from the top here are my thoughts:

1. The Lace Washi that I purchased from WishyWashiTape was a good deal. They have a good selection on their Etsy Shop too. However, their prices vary per roll, so you would need to do the math on each to make sure you’re getting a good deal on all of them.

2 & 3. Drew’s Washi Tape. I found Drew through his youtube channel “cardofmyeye”. He recently put out a video showing that his Etsy shop, Discount Charms, would be carrying Washi Tape now. When I saw one with clocks and another with newspaper ads, I immediately bought them without even thinking about pricing. He has a discount code right now, 10percentoff25, which gives you 10% off purchases over $25. That is why I show pricing both ways on the chart. He has a good selection and consistent pricing so you don’t need to worry about doing the math on each roll. He also has cheap shipping !

4. Cavallini & Co Washi Tape is beautiful. The set that I got is called “Flora & Fauna”. It included 5 rolls with 16 yards per roll. This tape is a great deal. You have to spend more money upfront though and you have to buy in packs which are all the same theme. They come in a very nice tin too.

5. American Crafts Dear Lizzy Enchanted. I jumped on these right away because I loved the designs that came in this 3 roll pack. Unfortunately, I got ripped off. At $0.46 per foot this tape is not a deal at all. You get 18 yards TOTAL, not per roll. I will be using these sparingly since I don’t plan on buying them again.

6. K & Co. Smash Tape Black & White Polka Dots. This “Washi” tape is actually called Smash Tape, but it shares the same properties as the other Washi Tapes I have. This is the best deal but they only offer this one design. I wish they would make more because this is a great price!

Hopefully I have helped you understand the world of Washi a little better. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Sizzix eClips with ECAL & Die Cutting Machine Comparison

Ahh! I’m freaking out! Did I REALLY just buy that!? YES I did! I have a mix of emotions going through my head right now. Excited- Scared- Thrilled-Anxious.

This is absolutely the most I have ever spent on a single craft item. I used to think the people who were paying for Cricut machines had to be out of their minds (no offense, I didn’t have the craft addiction I do now back then). Now here I am paying for a Sizzix eClips Machine and ECAL!

Here is the run down on my logic for purchasing this electronic die cutting master:

#1 reason(s): I really am hoping this is going to replace my other machines and give me endless paper cutting possibilities.

Other very important supporting factors:
• Cuts through multiple different types of materials including lightweight Chipboard (yay!) 
• Replacement parts cost seems pretty low
• Doesn’t seem to have any bugs (WTG Sizzix on waiting to release until bugs were worked out!)
• With the use of ECAL I will save a ton of money not having to buy separate cartridges.
• Built in Laser allows you to line up paper perfectly to avoid waste.

My current die cutting machines and thoughts on them:

• Slice Hands-Free
My Slice machine and I have a Love-Hate relationship every time I use it. I love it when it works, but other times it randomly decides to spaz out and either not turn on, won’t move or go back to “home” position, shred up my paper, or drags the blade all over the paper ruining the cuts. It can work like a dream and be a mischief within the same session of use. I just don’t get it. I have tried so many different things to fix it, but when it comes down to it, it just works when it wants and doesn’t other times. I think the embossing and debossing feature on it is a joke too. It’s a nice little machine for small projects under a meager 4 inches. I bought quite a few cartridges for my Slice machine. I do think they were fairly priced, but I bought almost all of my cartridges on sale. I know they have come out with a new “Slice Elite” that fixed a couple of the issues (you don’t have to change the pressure, can cut thicker materials, it’s faster, etc), but I’m not that confident in the Slice to give the Elite a try.

• Sizzix Big Shot
I still totally love my Big Shot! It’s great. You can use so many different manufacturers dies and I think that is a great feature. The biggest problem that I have had lately is that I can not put any dies wider than about 5.5-6″ through it. I considered getting a Big Shot Pro, but the reviews on it were bad to say the least. Not being able to make chipboard albums, cut full-sized cards or envelopes, or any of the other larger items needed for mixed-media projects is what left me yearning for something more.

Well, I’m sure a lot of you would agree with my reasons for getting the eClips machine. I really hope it is as awesome as I am thinking it will be! It should be here in 1-5 days. I think I am going to make my un-boxing of the eClips Machine be my youtube debut haha. I bought a tri-pod and everything, but haven’t posted a video yet. So excited!

If you have an eClips and have any awesome tips for me, please share in the comments! Is there something you hate about your current die cutting machine? Let it all out in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!