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Travel Postcards With Oil Pastels

teacher avatar Alina Harvi, Artist & Traveler

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Tools and Materials

    • 4. Postcard Requirements

    • 5. Inspiration

    • 6. Preparing The Surface

    • 7. Postcard From Madeira: Memorable View

    • 8. Postcard From Marseille: Simple Composition

    • 9. Postcard From Barcelona: Simplifying The Details

    • 10. Postcard From Venice: Being Creative

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class


                            discover a creative and unusual way to share your travel experience

In this class, discover everything to know to create and send your own travel postcard with oil pastels. Travel postcards are an exciting way to share your travel experience with your friends and family. Moreover, it's a very creative and unusual way to share your experience and impression of the place you are visiting!

You will learn:

  • sizes and materials to use for postcards
  • how to design the postcard
  • find your travel inspiration
  • choose the perfect reference photo
  • create our own postcards with oil pastels 

At the end of this class, you’ll be able to create gorgeous travel postcards using oil pastels. It's a perfect opportunity for you to learn a new exciting way to share your travel experience in a creative way. 

Tools and materials to use in this class:

  • sturdy watercolor paper 
  • oil pastels
  • scissors, tape, ruler

Learn more about oil pastels in my Guide To Oil Pastels!


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Alina Harvi

Artist & Traveler



Hi all, thank you for checking out my Skillshare page! I'm Alina, I'm a translator, manager, and self-taught artist.  My two biggest passions in life are art and traveling. One day I dream to combine those two passions of mine and never take them apart. In meanwhile, I create oil paintings, oil pastel drawings, travel sketches, and art classes. 

I love sharing my knowledge, the process of creating classes is something really inspiring for me. I want more people to discover and to love my art and my classes. For this reason, I want to share them here with you and I hope you'll love them! 


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1. Introduction : Postcards are a very special way to catch up with your friends and family and tell them you are thinking of them. And especially when you're traveling, it's also a very creative and unusual way to share your experiences and impressions of the place here visited two, no wonder, there are always tons of postcards selling in the most touristic places all around the world. But 55 them, if you can create one. This is so much more personal and creative and it's really easy and fun to create as well. There are just a few things to consider and in this class, I will share everything to know about creating chiral postcards for the alpha cells. These glass is a perfect opportunity for you to learn a new exciting way to share your terrible experience with your friends and family. You can even send it to your future self. Just imagine receiving your own travel postcards and really been the greatest time you had all over again. Hi, welcome to this class. Today you will learn how to create gorgeous travel postcards featuring the places you are traveling to end actually drawing it. In this class, you will discover everything to know, to create your own Terrell baskets. So you will learn everything about the sizes and materials to use for postcards, how to design them and find your terminal inspiration and just the perfect reference photo. Land, we will create four different postcards. I will walk you through the process of drawing each postcard. And I will also share my reference photos so that it will be easier for you to follow the process. In the demonstration part of this class, I will be using oil pastels, but you can use any medium you want to draw your own postcards. The best part is that by the end of this class, you will create four or even more your own postcards. And you will be able to actually send them to your friends or family. I hope you are excited about this class as much as I am. So let's get started with some basic information about what's guy. 2. Class Project: The project for this class is your own travel. Both got. You can create as many postcards as you feel inspired to for that. First, prepare the guards for your postcards. Then find your travel inspiration and reference photos from your previous trips. You can also use my reference photos. You will find them attached indoor sources. And then you create and share your postcards with the world. I hope you enjoyed this project and I can't wait to see what you have to share with us. 3. Tools and Materials : Now let's go over some tools and materials you might need to create your own voice cut in this class. First, you'll need to choose the right paper for your postcard, and you do so. There are two things to consider. The medium you are planning to use and the postage requirements. If postcard should be sturdy enough, you will learn more about it in the next lesson. In this class, I will be using watercolor paper. Next, I will be using oil pastels in these books. You can also use watercolors, pencils, acrylic, or other medium. In this class. I personally really like oil pastels. It has a great colors and textures. So if you're still not familiar with these kind of medium, I totally recommend you to give it a try. I have also created a complete guide to oil pastels for beginners. So it will be easier for you to discover this medium. Then you will need just a pair of scissors rule to cut the boxcars and tape to fix it vapor. 4. Postcard Requirements : When it comes to creating your own postcards, it is important to ensure that your creation is fifth to go from the male, because he will certainly decide to send it through the postal service. And you can easily do so as long as it got to the right dimension. In this part of the class, I will share with you some important guidance to prepare a guard or yoke way to postcard. First make sure to choose a startup type of paper. If the paper you're using isn't thick enough, it's possible to go to sheets together. And as we are going to draw this postcard, you should also make sure the surface is feed for the midterm you will be using. Second, you have to cut the paper to the right dimensions. Postcards are produced in the vital essential sciences. However, there are some basic sizes for the centered postcards. Now, let's make our piece of cardboard 2k, more like basket for that first beacon outside of your postcard. And now you can design it. The most traditional way to do it is to measure and find the middle here and draw the line. This way you are dividing the note and the address size of the postcard. If you want to have a little bit more space to write a note, you can push the middle line a little bit to the left. So to be more place for you to write something special to your friends or family. On the right side, you can draw a few horizon lines. There is variable rise, the recipient's name and address. Also draw a box in the upper right corner there. The sample goal. The last set is variable, be writen your notes later. And what's left for you to do here is to actually draw something on the other side of the boxcars. 5. Inspiration : And then we have our tools and materials prepared. You learned anything to know about postcard requirements. It's finally time for more fun part of this class. And before we start actually creating, I want to share with you some of the best ways to find the perfect reference for your postcard. As we are learning to greater or postcards and discuss the task of finding the inspirations going to be a little bit more easier as we will focus on the travel photos can be great for you to use your own travel photos you took by herself As they will be more emotionally and personally closer to you. So I suggested to scroll for your own travel photos. You often come back to rewatch, enroll in those moments all over again. Here are the main characteristics of a perfect reference photo for your postcard. I would suggest it. So consider in your search first, emotionally attachment. Logically you want to be personal and meaningful, something that reminds you of really good times. For. For example, I chose these reference photo of the airport. I took this water early in the morning when my plan just landed and my trip just begin. Another tip is to choose the photo of the simpler composition. Here is an example of these kinds of reference. This is the photo I took in marcel. Here you can see a simple and a number on bulk composition. The side, clear, simple sky and some people have anymore. It looks simple and really nice. And these kinds of reference would be great for beginners. You also want to avoid photos with too many details. Remember that you will work with the slope was scarred and even if your reference water has many details, can always simplify it. Like eval due to these reference photo later in this class. Keep in mind that you don't have to create the exact same copy of her photo. This is your inspiration, not your burden. You are free to modify it in any way you feel comfortable. I hope these tips will help you to find your own inspiration for this class. And gates is fewer still struggle to find that perfect reference photo. I will leave my photos for your resources so you can use them instead. 6. Preparing The Surface : For this class, I have prepared for watercolor cards. For my postcards. I chose the standard size of the postcards, which is a 105 millimeters by 148 millimeters. But as I don't want to have any white borders on my postcards, and I still need to fix them to the surface with the tape. I have added two extra centimeters on one side. So now I've got four pieces of paper sized 125 millimeters by 148 millimeters. This way I will have extra space for the tape. And once I finished filtering, I will cut off the white borders and getID. Nice postcards just like this one. 7. Postcard From Madeira: Memorable View: Let's start our demonstration part of this course by creating our first bus controlling. As an inspiration for it, I will be using one of my most favorite travel photos. This is a photo I took on the airport of material, Ireland, Portugal. This photo was always an inspiration for me and I'm really excited to finally create a postcard with it. So first, no matter what you're going to draw the best, if you start with a simple outline, you can simplify your reference as much as you need done that Dale, slow your creative process down. I usually like to start with the horizon line. Then I add few main details. So I'm going to add the airport building here as well. I'll put it in a few main blocks and later I will add more details and colors to it. While you are creating the sketch. Look at the reference photo and try to find the most eye-catching and crucial parts you really want to transfer into your postcard. For example, in my case, it's this guy and the airport. My main characters over this photo. And I'm gonna focus on them for the most of the time. Starting with this guys, always a good idea. It will be much more easier for you to draw more smaller details on top of the background sky. So here I have cited by layer in some blue using light pressure. I'm doing it because I want to layer more colors later on top of blue. And I didn't want to overlay the oil pastels. So just like that, I have layered some blue and I blended it with my fingers. As you can see on the reference photo. This guy here is full of beautiful colors and I want to recreate the miter ink as well. Now, I will be applying bean oil bust cells with a bit heavier pressure in order to layer more pigment on top of the blue ones. And also to make two colors blend a little bit. And so just like that, I will keep on layering and blending bean oil pastels until I'm happy with the shape and color of the cloud. Then we can add even more colors to this guy. So if you want to make it more dramatic and complex, you can add more darker values to it. I personally want to add more darker pink and even a little bit of violet to my sky. And once again, you bend it. And once you are happy with the sky, they can proceed to the next stage of the drawing process. Before I move on to the drawing of the airport building itself, I'm going to add those mountains on the horizon. And I will also layer some gray here for the road. This way I will mostly finished my background and I will be rented to add more smaller details to my postcard. So just like that with a bit of gray, white and scraping technique, I'm adding the road here. I want it to be simple enough as well as I don't want to invest too much time into this part of the drawing. I want to focus more on the building and interesting small details. Now let's finally move on to the next stage of the drawing and start work in cost. We've got here. So first let's block in some main colors. I start by an air in some brown here as one of the main colors of the building. I want to remind you that you should feel free to modify as you wish. After all, this is your postcards you are creating and it's your own impression of the controlling. Now I want to add something warmer to the building. So now I'm layering the yellow ocher to the windows and other parts of the building. Now, I will just add a few simple strokes or blood pastels to make the shapes of the building more distinct. That will also make the overall look of the building more complete. And as a finishing touch, I will use my small screwdriver. You can use any sharp tool you can find nearby. And then you can use it to scrape off some oil pastels. First, I will use my total finish the side on top of the building by writing airport on it. And after that, if you want to create even more texture, you can scrape away some oil bust cells on the building as well. Just look at the difference. These simple techniques makes. It automatically adds more light shapes and texture to the postcard. So I definitely recommend you to give this technique. It's right. Really happy with this building they have created. And now I want to share with you another font. And Fred to trick, you can use in your oil pastel drawings that you're going to need scissors, any b, so starting cardboard. And then I just cut out one thing line in the middle of it. And now we can use this piece of card to create needed clear lines. For those. It would protectors or whatever they are. So just like that, you place a card on your postcard, then you talk through that line with your black oil bust cells. They can show there are no gaps left. Just like that. To get a nice and tidy line. I want to create a few lines like that. Then I will add few more, bigger and closer bowls. For that, you simply cut out a little bit more from the card and you can use it again. Then you can draw those protector, some top off each pole. And as a final touch, you can add more smaller details to your drawing. Just like that, our first postcard is finished. Now, all that's left for us to do here is to peel off the tape. Got all of the white borders. Before you cut off the borders. Just make sure you will get the right size or the Boy Scout. And so just like that, we've got our first postcard. Now, all that's left to do here is to place a stem here. Brad, a short note to the recipient's address. And I will meet you in the next lesson. There we will create another table. 8. Postcard From Marseille: Simple Composition: The second travel postcards, little creating this course is inspired by this photo I took in Marcel, which is the great example of simple, yet memorable composition. A postcard with a famous ancient site to clear blue sky would be a perfect way to capture your impression of the place in a simple, yet creative way. As you can see, the composition of our reference photo is so simple that there's basically no need to create a sketch first, as we did with the previous postcard. So just simple horizon line will do. Now I'm going to grab my white oil pastel and throw their families feel with it. Now, I'm going to grab my light oil pastel through the various fill with it. But what's the point? You might as well. This is one of the scraping techniques, tricks you might have learned in my guide to oil pastels. As we want the Ferris wheel to appear white, just like on our reference photo, we will have to use the scraping technique here. And in order to get this clear white color, first, we will have to layer some white oil pastels. Next weekend layer some blue Elba sells for a sky and you can now layer it on top as well. Data we will be able to easily scrape off the blue pigment for the Ferris wheel. But before we do that, let's first finish this guy. This time, this guy we have to draw is really simple. So all we need here is to layer some blue pigment and white for the clouds. And then you can blend them out a bit as well. And when you're finally happy with the sky, you can go grab any sharp to you will be using to scrape off the pastel pigment and builds up the Ferris wheel. You can also use a slightly bigger tools to scrape away more big lens and create thicker lines. For instance, I'm using my small screwdriver and my palette knife. I'm also affirming the cabins there's fell. In C with such a simple scraping technique, we can add small details and texture to our postcard. Next, we can also add some shadows to the Ferris wheel. I'm using my gray stick and I'm adding just a few thin lines to make the wheel complete. Once you're happy with the wheel, you can move on to the next stage and start working on the bank part of postcard. This is going to be much more easier as we don't have much to draw here. Just a bunch of trees and some people. So let's start by layer in some gray here for the ground. We're going to keep it simple. So just some gray with a bit of particle two. I will also add here one simple shadow from the building on the left. By the way, I have decided not to add the building itself. As to overload the drawing, I want to have more free space and air on my postcard. So I'm just layering some shadow here. And I'm also define an a horizon. Now let's move on to the tree and add some green to the postcard. I start by layering darker green, defining the shapes of the tree. And then I'm going to add the lighter value. So that will help me to make them look more natural and interesting. And then you can finish them by ending. As a final touch, Let's add few last details to the drawing. Here's the perfect time for you to look at the reference photo once again and decide what you want to see on the travel postcards. For example, FE like nice drawing needs something more. So I'm going to add here a river to the horizon line and also some texture throat. I also want to recreate the mood and atmosphere of the moment. And I believe I can do it by drawing a few more people walking around. So just like that, our second child is ready to be sent. And as we did it with our first traveled postcards. Now all that's left for us to do is to below the tape and cut over the white borders. In the next lesson, I applied to two grids. The third, traveled postcards inspired by architecture in Barcelona. Okay. 9. Postcard From Barcelona: Simplifying The Details: The third traveled postcards we will create in this course is inspired by this photo I took in verse along. In this lesson, you will learn to quantify and simplify your drawing and let go of the unnecessary details. As you can see on the reference photo, there are lots of elements that you might want to leave out and it's totally okay because the place you can see on the photo is really nice and inspiring. And it would be a shame not to draw it just because you feel overwhelmed by the amount of the buildings, trees, or other details you see. These kinds of drawings. I recommend you to start with the sketch. As you can see first I have defined the horizon line is usually. And then I started by sketching the central objects from this sketch. And only after that, I'm sketching this, rounding the trees, buildings on the background and everything else. If you compare the sketch to the reference photo, you can see how we have already simplified the trolling for a postcard. And so now you can block in some colors. As usually, I'm starting with this guy and I want to give it simple. I've learned just like oil pastels. I will also blend. It was just a bit of white. Okay. I want the buildings to be warm and bright. So it will be mostly used in different values of yellow ocher. So on this stage of the drawing process, I will basically just color the buildings, draw a few darker windows on the roofs. With such a simple approach, you can add buildings so your postcard faster and with less effort. Next, let's add some green to our postcard. Few different values of oil pastels. This is really simple way to add more depth to use firing. Hello Joe, those poetries you can see on the reference photo, dark brown, lighter brown on top of it. Then you will be ready to add the leaves here as well. And once again, we start with the darker value of green. And with the random chaotic strokes, I'm drawing those leaves. Then you can repeat it all over again with lighter green and even some yellow as a finishing touch. Once you're happy with the trees you have created, you can move on to the next exciting stage of the drawing. There we will block in the colors to the arc. This is yet another great example of how you can simplify a complicated object to draw. As you can see, the arc is really gorgeous and it's full of details are mentioned here is not to spend hours on trying to recreate it to the exact same copy. You want to keep it recognizable and nice. So what makes this particular arc recognizable? I believe those are in the first place, the colors and the shapes. So that's why I'm starting by layering the dominant colors of the Arabs. Which are brown, dark brown and yellow ocher. Then I will be just a bit of oil pastels to add the shadows and the shapes to the arc and bonds you have layered on the colors. You can now use the scraping technique to add more texture and small details to the outcome. Hi. Okay. And after you are happy with the arc, you can add the last details to your postcard. Before I do so, I'm going to block in the colors to the ground by using a little bit of gray blended with the white oil bust else. I also want to add few shadows here to my postcard more complete group. And finally, I'm going to draw a few more people on a postcard. Such a simple tale as a small crowd of people always next to travel postcards look more natural and personal. Let's buy. I always tried to add at least few fingers on to a postcard. And as you can see, this theory doesn't look too empty anymore. And the postcard is finally looks like it's ready to be sent. So now let's peel off the tape we've got here, I got all the white borders again. So just like that, we got our third postcard from Barcelona. Now all that's left for us to do here is to add the stem red shirt node and the recipient's address. In the final lesson of this course, I invite you to create the last terrible boss cut for this firm. 10. Postcard From Venice: Being Creative: Welcome to the final part of this course. Together we have created three different terminal postcards, and now it's time to grade the last one. So the last traveled postcards will create in this course is inspired by this photo I took in Venice. If you look at the reference photo, you might see that these postcards will be probably the easiest to create. There are not too many details here, just a few buildings and bridges in the river. Still, I really wanted to capture these postcards and these exact based from Italy. So as usually, I'm starting by sketching out the most crucial parts of the drawing, like the buildings and the bridge. After that, you start on adding colors to a postcard right away. First, I want to book the colors of this guy, which is going to be a really simple this time. Just a light oil pastels. Next, let's add more colors to the ruler. I wanted to be a little bit more dramatic, darker than the sky. So I'm gonna be using different values of poop, but it will be mostly dark blue, some white as well. Once you have finished working on the river, you can now layer some colors to the bridge. As I want to give it light and simple. I will mostly just blend in the white oil pastels. It will blend perfectly with the pigment that's already here. I will get the nice milky yellowish color for my bridge. The next station for drawing is going to be all about buildings. Basically, those buildings are all that's left for us to draw on this postcard. And this is where you can be as creative as you want. You can modify the shapes of buildings and grooves. You can change the colors and make them as colorful as you feel inspired to. Four, you can create thoughts you see on the reference photo and draw the exact same buildings you see there. I personally enjoy the buildings on the reference photo ends. I want to mostly rely on it as I draw my postcards. And still I want some space to be creative and add something personal to you. So I will modify some little details into the process. So it's up to you to decide how your travel postcards will turn out to be. I'm working on each building one by one. As first I want to look in the main colors up to the walls and roofs. And later, I will also add more texture and shape with the scraping technique. And I will also add the windows and doors there as well. Once again, these type of shopping for the postcards is a perfect opportunity for you to learn. To let go of the reference photo. Let's your creativity and imagination work. I'll reference photo was helpful on the early stages of the drawing. We used it to get inspired to sketch the drawing and decide on the main colors for a postcard. After that, it's time for us to add something personal impression on the place we are trying. So just like that, after hip layer to the oil pastel colors to the buildings, I'm scraping a big band to build up the windows at texture and patterns to the roofs. So basically this is the finishing that shows a postcard. You can take it as far as you want. And once you will be happy with the result, and you feel like your postcard is ready to be sent to your friends, family, or even to you. You can peel off the tape and cut off the white borders as we did in the previous course, guys. And I will see you in the final lesson of this course for the main takeaways and tips on creating terrible postcards. See. 11. Final Thoughts : So here, my final result here, I have four grade traveled postcards with oil pastels. And now all that's left to do is to write a short message and as a dress and a stem for answered them. My last piece of advice is to make sure your boss cards will survive all the way to its recipient. So I would suggest you to seal your drawings to the special effects, especially if you use the middle that smears easily like a cells or pencils, or to be 100% sure, send your postcards in the envelope, then you should put a stamp on the envelope, not on the postcard. So as you can see, Create and travel postcards is fun and fresh Monday to show you a terrible experience. And it's definitely worth a try. I'm sure your friends or family will love getting those gorgeous and personal postcards from you. I personally am going to send my postcards to mechatronics. If you want to, me to write your address on one of these postcards, they can also support me on Patreon anthracene, one of them. There you can make a small batch and as a reward you will get all their insight. Look at my upcoming paintings, glasses, and other projects. Thank you for taking this class and saying here with me till the end, don't forget to share your results. And I will see you in the next classes.