Hi friends, today we are taking a look at the new Derwent pastel watercolor pan paint set of 12. You can find it on the Derwent website as well as a download of the color swatch with lightfast info and on Amazon USA. (affiliate link) This product sold out shortly after my review went live on YouTube but it is a new product and I’m sure it will be restocked soon. You can take this as an opportunity to decide if this is something that would add to the supplies you already have.
*This product was sent to me for review.
Nice color selection (thought I would like a brown in place of one of the greys)
Color layer well
Good quality small waterbrush included
Good lightfastness for pastel shades
I wish there was a brown in place of one of the greys and a cleaner warm green instead of the drab kakhi green.
Bottom line: I prefer this pastel set to the other pastel watercolors I own. They lay down well, layer and are not chalky. I wouldn’t recommend it as a stand-alone set but it is a great addition to other traditional watercolors.
I will have a tutorial for the macarons next week! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! If you struggle with achy hands when you try and use colored pencils or art crayons this tip will help. It will even save you time! We are going to use colored pencils and crayons on a hot mat!
I am using a heated floor mat but you could also use a heating pad with something hard on top to draw on. Watch the video to see how!
Hi friends! Today we are breaking out the pastels to create this painting of an old weathered door.
This was so fun to draw with soft pastels. Soft pastels are sticks of pigment, binder and clay and feel like a very pigmented chalk as opposed to oil pastels that can feel like lipstick. I know it can be confusing to know what kind an artist is referring to:) You can watch the timelapse of this demo in the player below. There are a lot of tips and tricks for working in soft pastel. If you prefer the 2 hour and 17 minute narrated real time tutorial it’s up now in Critique Club.
Supplies (affiliate links used) *I used a variety of pastels on this painting. Below I will list my favorites as well as getting started budget picks. I will link to Amazon and Blick, check both places as often prices fluctuate, and if you are buying a large set of pastels the savings can be big.
If you are looking for pastel drawers like I have this is a good deal, a 7 drawer unit for what I paid for a 3 drawer
Schminke pastels or at Blick. These are the softest pastels I own yet are dense than Sennelier so there seems to be more product in the stick and less air. These are a fair deal more expensive than the other sticks I recommend so you might want to start with a small set or a few open stock colors.
Pan Pastels or at Blick. These are a clean way to use pastels. Ounce for ounce they are a good value. Very low dust and you use less making this an excellent option. I recommend starting with the painting set of 20 (all the pure colors) as you can mix all of your tints and shades from that set because you use a blending applicator to apply the pastel and can double load if you need a new color.
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I hope this inspires you to give soft pastels a try! Til next time happy crafting!
Alcohol Markers (Blick Studio) *These are the best Copic dupes I have found. The bodies are similar, the nibs are the same, and replaceable and ink refills are available at a much cheaper price compared to Copics. They also work seamlessly with Copics as I demonstrated here.
That’s all for today! I was sewing some masks yesterday and decided I wanted to reorganize my sewing supplies since I recently cleared out some drawers. I think that will be a fun afternoon project! Maybe I’ll film it, interested?
That’s all for today! Are you doing an art challenge this month? I might try to work in the 6 Drawtober prompts this month as well. I think personal art goals are really great for growing your skills. I am looking forward to working on this! Happy crafting!
If you have a smartphone (or even a flip phone with a camera) you can capture beauty around you to use as inspiration back at your studio. So the next time you are struck by the beauty of something snap a pic, you never know when you want want to use it for your art! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! If you were waiting with bated breath for the real-time version of this project to be up in Critique Club it is up now! I usually post it the Saturday before it’s due but it completely slipped my mind.
And if you prefer the time lapse version, here it is!
Hi friends! I got so busy on projects this weekend that I forgot the share my sketchbook Sunday project with you. I have had so many little projects I had been neglecting around the house and last week they were really bothering me so over the weekend I tackled a bunch of them such as washing the drapes and repainting the big bay windowsill which leads to touching up the paint on the trim and wiping down the grimy baseboards. Speaking of grime my kitchen floor was disgusting, I had just vacuumed and spray mopped it but there was just so much ground in dirt that my Libman (like a reusable Swiffer) was no match for. I saw a hack online where a woman used scrubbing bubbles on her kitchen floor and I tried it, I still had to scrub but now it looks brand new. It’s a black and white checkered floor which I “had to have” and it shows every speck of dirt. I’ll be able to enjoy a gleaming floor for a few hours anyway:) My son had friends over so I had them help me move furniture around the house too. It was a productive weekend! Thre is always more to do but those were my big annoyances and I am so glad they are done!
Anyway, on to the video!
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Hi friends! Today’s prompt for World Watercolor Month is “Favorite Color” and mine is crimson red so I decided to paint these strawberries!
You can find the 1hr 44min narrated tutorial for this painting in Critique Club under June 2020 bonus project #1. In case you haven’t heard, Critique Club is a membership group where you can upload up to 2 painting you are working on per month for an in-depth critique from me. My goal is to help you grow and improve as artists! I also post 2 long narrated tutorials per month for members that tend to be on the intermediate/advanced side. You also get access to all the past tutorials (37 in all so far!) so you will have inspiration for miles and it’s only $5 per month. Learn more or sign up here. Thank you for your support!