Pastelmat is a unique textured surface that was designed for holding many layers of pastel but is also popular with colored pencil artists. It has an almost flocked feeling to it but the surface is hard and not soft like velour paper. It’s textured but not rough like sanded paper (one of my favorite colored pencils surfaces.) If you want to see colored pencil demos on sanded paper I have a blue jay painting here and a sunset here. Although these are both textured paper they are very different in how they take colored pencil.
Pastelmat allows the artist to apply more layers than they would on ordinary paper but doesn’t grab as much pigment as sanded paper does meaning you can add more thin layers on Pastel mat and it also means that it will take a lot longer to create a finished work of art. In today’s real time demo I will paint one bud, a branch and some leaves. I’m not sure how long I spent on the flowers but it was several hours. I really like the look of my painting on this paper but it sure took a lot of time. I plan on testing this paper with different pastels next to see if I like it more with those mediums.
So, what do you think? Have you tried Pastelmat? I need t use it more and with other media before I make my final decision. I do like the lo of this painting but it was very consuming. Let me know what you think and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! Today I have a cheerful flower to remind you spring is right around the corner!
I snapped a photo of my line artwork with and without the shading incase you want to look at it when you draw or print it out and trace it. These are jpg files so you can print any size.
Watch the video see see how to create this painting step by step!
If you enjoyed this lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop with lessons on painting many types of flowers and how to put them together in bouquets, wreaths and swags, the options are endless once you know the basics! Click here to learn more!
Hi friends! I was super excited to see that Derwent added 9 new colors to the Inktense range in their new paint pan sets! Let’s take a deep dive into the paint pan range in this review. This paint set was provided to me by Derwent with no expectation of a review. *Affiliate links to Blick used in this post. You can find all of the Inketense Paint Pan sets and refills here for 35% off retail.
Overview: The Derwent Inktense paint pans feature the same formulation as the Inktense pencils and blocks but in a convenient half pan. They are available in 2* sets of 12 colors or in a set of 24 comprising all of the colors. Open stock is available and the standard half pan size will fit standard watercolor tins should you want to add a couple of colors to your watercolor palette. These are not watercolors, they are water-soluble ink that claims to be permanent (insoluble) when dry but you can use them as you would a watercolor. *Note, Blick shows 3 different sets of 12 and one set of 24. The Derwent site shows set #1 and se2 #2 of 12 colors each and a set of 24.
Price (half or less of what a professional watercolor set costs)
Good color selection
Permanent on fabric
Lightfast info available: 22 colors are #8 (very lightfast) on blue wool scale with Fuschia a #6 and Cherry a #4. See ratings here.
Open Stock available
I did have some lifting on watercolor paper even with very diluted paint.
The white plastic palette will stain
Overall I recommend these for artists. I think they would be very nice for quilters and fiber artists wanting to design custom fabric. These would be a nice addition to a set of Inktense pencils but might be a bit redundant if you already have the blocks. I love that they picked mostly lightfast colors for this set. I did double check that these were permanent on fabric like the rest of the range and they are. I can’t wait to paint some cloth masks with these. I’ll share a tutorial when I do. Til then Happy crafting!
Hi friends! It’s March 1st and it is pouring rain in Maine. In like a lion and out like a lamb they say, tomorrow it is supposed to be very cold with a wind chill of -15! Crazy huh? Speaking on March I have a new monthly prompt in Critique Club as well as a real time version of this tutorial posted so check it out if you are a member. If you are not a member but would like to be we would love for you to join! It’s $5 a month and you get access to 52 longer and more advanced tutorials (with 2 more added every month!) in a variety of media as well as the opportunity to post your work for critique from me. Lean more or sign up here.
*The old version was done with Derwent lightfast pencils, they are firmer and oil-based and have a higher degree of lightfastness but they are also more expensive. You can use whatever pencils you have on hand.
Hi friends! I hope your Saturday is going well. I decided I needed to pull everything out from under the bathroom and kitchen skinks today and organize it. It’s a great feeling to have it done but when you close the cabinets you can’t even tell. I think I need to declutter something more visible, maybe the counters? They have been getting a bit out of control lately so I think I will. I did manage to clean and vacuum all the glitter up from my studio after filming Sat Chat so that’s going to be a nice feeling when I go in there Monday morning. Speaking of Sat Chat, here it is!
The artist photo books I recommend. The books say “Artist’s Photo Reference” at the top and then the subject. Click on the book and look at used books from other sellers for the best deals. The new copies are outrageous.
Hi friends! Last week I visited several Dollar Tree stores in my area and bought some craft supplies. The problem with dollar store supplies is that you pick them up on impulse and sine you don’t put a lot of planning into buying them you can easily forget about them. that’s why I decided to play with them right away! Firstly because I wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong with them (the dies cut and the stamps stamp etc.) and secondly I wanted people to be able to find these supplies if the want them. Please keep in mind that you can use stuff you have in your stash already and try these techniques. The more unique the better I say! Another reason I am excited to share this project is because I want crafting to be accessible to as many people as possible so if you can make something pretty with a $1 stamp set it will make the craft available to more people. Granted I will pull inks and other things from my stash (as I am sure most will) so not everything will be from the dollar store. Use what you have (even the kids watercolors and markers!) and let’s have a crafty good time!
Hi friends, these markers were released yesterday and already the assorted 80 set is sold out although you can still order them and take advantage of the $7 off coupon through next Monday (March 1st) I believe. These markers were sent to me for free to review from Arrtx a few weeks ago and always you have my honest assessment on the quality and how they preform. Affiliate links are used in this post. Check out the video for a look at the markers and a demo and below I will have a breakdown of these markers.
Overview: The new Arrtx Oros alcohol markers have the same color selection and marker body (except they are grey rather than white) as the Arrtx Alp markers, but instead of a bullet/chisel nib they have a brush/chisel nib. Currently they are offering the 80a assorted set and the 36 skin tone set. Each set comes with gridded marker stands that will display your markers and keep them in order as well as a carry bag. Currently, they are available in the 80a assorted color range and the 36 skin tone range but they will eventually come out with all of the colors in the Arrtx Apl Range in the Oros format. My contact at Arrtx says they will either offer open stock markers or replacement nibs/ink refills in the future!
Nice color selection (My contact said they are planning to offer another skintone selection with darker colors in the future too)
Good ink flow
Blends well with little effort
Includes sturdy, reusable storage and display
Includes swatch sheet
Colors will appear lighter on this paper than other paper I have, it responds in tone like their marker pad which is very affordable, your colors will look lighter on it so if you like a pastel aesthetic give it a try.
Reversible nibs (if a brush nib starts to fray, pull it out and reinsert it backwards)
High-quality matte plastic marker body. Comfortable to hold and non-roll
I found the caps easy to remove and replace.
Color chips on caps are not accurate, you should swatch on the paper you usually use
The bag for the 80 set is really tight and hard to access the markers when the grid is in there. I wish they had the extended zipper on the big case like they did for the small one to make it easy to access
Markers are juicy and can release droplets of ink when uncapped so do not open over your work (brush nib)
Bottom line: I like these markers and I think they are a good value. They feel like a quality product when you are using them. The 80 set is a good all-around selection for everyday use. The 80 colors set follows the Shinhan and Art-n-Fly color system so you can get refill inks and nibs there if needed. The Skintone set seems to follow the Copic colors system by color name (names are on the swatch so do not throw that paper away) so you can purchase refills that way until Arrtx comes out with their own. If you already have the original Arrtx Alp markers and would prefer a brush nib to a chisel nib you can pull out the chisel end and insert a brush nib. The Altenew nibs will fit (they use the same bodies) and they are a foam rubber nib that I prefer. *Keep in mind the nibs are $2 each and the Oros markers are only about $1 each.
As long as there are markers left unreviewed in this world I shall not rest LOL! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! As you might know I love making my own embellishments (of course remembering to use them is another thing and we won’t get into that LOL!) and today I’m going to share some really cute and easy ones. Best of all you probably have everything you need already!
I made these stickers and die cuts using label/frame stamps, botanical and butterfly stamps, ink sticker paper and cardstock. My sticker paper is actually white full sheet labels you can find at any office supply store. Just use cardstock if you don’t have that, it is just as cute and only needs a bit of glue when you use them, also you have all of your cardstock colors to work with. Watch the video for a step by step demo with lots of tips!
Hi friends, I had a chance to pop in to 3 of my local Dollar Trees this week and I have to say they are courting the crafters! I will be testing out the product I bought (and share in this haul) and bring you some tutorials with them on my blog and YouTube. Keep in mind, just like any “deal” art supplies are only a bargain if they work and you actually use them.
Now, before you rush out to your local Dollar Tree keep in mind all stores carry different stuff. You can order some things from their website however you may have to buy a large amount and not everything I found was on there. I am hoping they are trying to get more things to stores first before stocking the website. I tried the dies and they cut great. The stamps are the cheap silicone kind but I have stamped out 2 of the 3 sets already with no problems, although I recommend washing them first to remove any factory grease and using pigment ink. I’ll post a video using the watercolors later this week so you might want to hold off on buying them until you see that video. Luckily every store I went to stocks that so you should be able to find it if you want it after seeing the quality.