Pastel Month: what to Expect

Hi friends! I hope you had a nice weekend! I just wanted to pop in really quick and give you a heads-up on a new feature I will be doing this month on my YouTube channel and blog.

I will be posting pastel tutorials on Tuesdays and Thursdays on YouTube starting with an oil pastel tutorial tomorrow. I am planning to use soft pastel sticks (those are the kind that feels chalky) mainly but I will have a couple oil pastel and pan pastel tutorials too. You can learn about the supplies in the video below.

If you have pastel supplies already you can use those. I would encourage you to try what you already own before buying new because you might have everything you need. If you want to know what I recommend I will have some budget basics as well as pro quality recommendations below. These free youtube videos will remain on my channel so if you want to watch the videos this month before deciding what you want that’s a fine idea too.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Paper: You can use any pastel paper you like but I will use the Canson XL Sand Grain Dry Mixed Media Paper for these lessons because it is excellent quality and affordable. I will use natural and grey but if you can only pick one I’d choose natural
  • Soft Pastels: I recommend the Faber Castell Gold Faber set of 72 or the set on Mungyo set of 64 (If you already have a good assortment of pastels you can totally use what you have)
  • Foam applicators
  • For oil pastels, an assorted set of 48 or so will do nicely like this set by Mungyo or this set by Paul Rubens
  • These next items are nice to have, and I will use them, but not essential to following along:
  • Pan pastels-painting set of 20 on Amazon or Blick *this will come with some sponges and applicators
  • Sennelier half stick extra soft pastel sets (amazon has had amazing deals recently but check Blick too!) Amazon or Blick *I prefer the half-stick sets because they come unwrapped and seem less crumbly.
  • Pastel pencils: Amazon or Blick and you can just order the colors you want rather than a set. these are good for sketching and details.
  • Nupastels: sets ad open stock at blick or sets on amazon
  • For protecting your work after it is finished, or adding tooth between layers, you might want to purchase a fixative or if longevity is not a concern and you just want to prevent smearing you can use cheap aerosol hairspray.
  • I like to wrap my paintings in glassine to protect them until I am ready to frame them:

Keep in mind if you already have paper and pastels you like you can use them. I will be using my mish-mash of supplies. As long as they perform well it does not matter what brand you choose. The recommendations above are a place to start if you don’t have any pastels.

I am also putting my Soft Pastel for Beginners class on sale for 50% off this month to celebrate Pastel Month! This class provides the basics of soft pastel techniques as well as lessons you can follow and the ability to upload your artwork for feedback and guidance. You get lifetime access so you can purchase it now while it is on sale and paint when you like. *Offer good on one-time purchases or payment plans. The offer ends 10/1/22. Use coupon code PASTEL50 if the discount doesn’t appear automatically.

I am planning on posting the tutorials here on my blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well but they may be a day late depending on my schedule that so if you are in a hurry for them be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel so you don’t miss any. Don’t worry, all of my regular features like Reviews on Mondays, Watercolor Wednesday, Frugal Friday, Sat Chat, and Sketchbook Sunday will still be happening (and if you don’t know what these things are be sure to check out my YouTube channel for any videos you have missed!) this is just a fun addition for the month! I hope you enjoy it and til next time happy crafting!