Sketchbook Sunday & A Paddle on the Pond

Hi friends, Today for sketchbook Sunday I have a beachy (kind of) themed sketch. A mason jar of seashells:

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I really didn’t know what I was going to work on. I’ve been in a funk but I had this jar of shells on a shelf in my studio for years and I thought that this is as good as anything and I also wanted to use my PanPastels so I decided to use them both.

I hope you enjoyed the time lapse video. The real-time tutorial is available in Critique Club right now. Critique club is a monthly membership group ($5/month) that allows you to submit 2 paintings a month for customized feedback from me. You also get 2 real-time tutorials each month from my Sketchbook Sunday series explained step by step.

Supplies:

If you want to learn more about pastels check out my comprehensive online course Soft Pastels for Beginners. *Save 20% with coupon code TRYME Working with pastels is so fun, if you ever wanted to give it a try but you don’t know where to start this is the class for you! You learn the basics and create 4 complete paintings utilizing the skills and techniques I teach you. It’s a lot of fun too! I hope to see you in class!

I went for my first paddle of the season today…

Wait, let me back up a bit.  I ordered a stand-up paddleboard a month ago because I always wanted one and I thought it would be easier to take that out than a kayak when I want to get on the water. I don’t like to inconvenience anyone to go with me because I often want to stop and paint and it can be boring for others. I knew the paddleboard was heavy (53 lbs) so I started doing some resistance training to build muscle so I would be able to lift it on and off my van to get it to the water. I knew I had plenty of time to “muscle up” before the weather was warm enough because we have been living in perpetual winter since October. I was sitting on the couch drinking my coffee this morning and decided I wanted to go kayaking. Much to my surprise I could now lift, load and manage the kayak all by myself! Also to my surprize, I could shove it in my minivan diagonally! I grabbed a paddle, my life jacket and off I went. It was so peaceful, I was the only person on the pond. I paddled out to an island that is uninhabited as far as I know and took some photos.

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I was thinking about pulling up the kayak and getting out to paint when I spotted this:

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So many questions! Whos is it, how long has it been there, why is it there? As curious as I was I have watched too many horror movies to know better than to hang around to find out so I high-tailed it out of there as fast as my arms could paddle! After feeling that I had narrowly escaped The Island of Dr Moreau I paused to watch a pair of fishing loons and paint the view towards a marsh that opens up to a larger lake.  I kept drifting and my view kept changing but all in all, I am happy with my sketch.

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I used the Meeden watercolor fan palette that I hadn’t used since last summer and the water in that waterbrush sure was musty! I had just put it in the van because I wanted to make sure I always have something handy, I guess I should give that a good clean LOL! That’s all for me today. It’s been a rough winter so I don’t want to waste a single decent day. Don’t take your time on this earth for granted. Do something good today! Happy crafting!

 

 

Last Day to Save 50% on My New Pastel Class!

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in to remind you that today is the last day to take advantage of my launch month special for my new Soft Pastel for Beginners online class!pastel_class_thumbnail

I always want to make sure that my friends and supporters get the chance to learn at the lowest possible price and that’s why I launch my classes to you at 50% off. I appreciate you taking a chance on me and trusting me to guide you through your artistic journey.

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Every time I use pastels in a video I get asked if I will do a class for the basics to walk people through what to buy and how to safely use this wonderful medium. I go over the best bangs for your buck and what you should have and what to skip, where to skimp and where to splurge and I also walk through four finished paintings. Watch this quick overview of what to expect in the class:

I also show you the options for pastel painting so it can be the most enjoyable for the way you like to paint. If dusty fingers and the noise of the pastel scraping on the paper bother you I share alternatives such as pan pastels and applicators and I show you how to adapt the lessons for those if you wish.

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I want to make sure your painting is a safe and fun experience so we will build good safety habits from the start. It is one of the reasons I recommend a student set of pastels to begin, not only do they cost less but they are non toxic too and do not take away from the enjoyment of the medium.

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If your goal is to try a new art medium this year I encourage you to give pastel a go! It is a beautiful medium on its own or as a compliment to your watercolor painting. Click here to learn more about Soft Pastel for Beginners and save 50% off today! Use coupon code COLOR if the discount doesn’t appear. Regular price is $79 but you save $39.50 with coupon code COLOR Through 3/1/19.

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Thank you so much for your support and encouragement and I hope to see you in class soon! Happy crafting!

Comparison Between Pan Pastels, Jane Davenport Palette Pastels and Eye Shadow

Hi friends, Have you ever wondered how these similar supplies compare? Well so did I am today I put them to the test side by side and the results were pretty surprising!

Each media will present advantages and disadvantages depending on what your needs are and what you want to paint but coverage and application wise they all preformed about the same!

Let’s look at each product on its own

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Pan Pastels

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Pros:

  • Large pans of color
  • Brightest pure (saturated) colors available
  • Pigment numb
  • rs listed on pans
  • Lightfast
  • 94 colors available (including metallics and mediums) and each color can be purchased individually
  • You can mix colors on the sponge before bringing it to your paper

Cons:

  • Price: Each color costs $5-$7 each open stock, less per pans in sets
  • They take up a lot of space on your table

Jane Davenport Palette Pastels

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Pros:

  • Come in 18 color sets for $20 (often on sale and can be purchased with a coupon at Micheal’s)
  • The colors fall between the painting and tint sets of pan pastels and can be used with them to expand the range.
  • There are 4 sets available and they all lock together saving space on your work table.
  • Best for portrait work due to color assortment.

Cons:

  • No open stock option so if you use a color you need a new set to replace it.
  • Small pans could be used up quickly if you really like them.
  • Colors are not as saturated as pan pastels so getting deep darks may be difficult if only using these pastels. I think given the size of the palette and the color range these would be best as a final layer over another medium like acrylic, gouache or watercolor.
  • No lightfast or pigment info so I wouldn’t trust them for work to sell

Cheap Eyeshadow

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Pros:

  • Cheapest, I found a 120 color assortment of brights, pastels and neutrals for $12 on Amazon (the set I used was an ELF set for Target I paid $14 for years ago)
  • Coverage was similar to JD pastels and pan pastels so you can see if you like it before investing in the pricier options
  • Compact, takes up less space on your table

Cons:

  • Tiny pans that will use up quickly and no open stock option
  • No lightfast or pigment info so I wouldn’t trust them for work to sell

 

Bottom Line: My advice is to try out one of the cheaper options with the Pan Pastel applicators to see if you like them and then proceed with pan pastels if you find you need more media. The 20 color sets (or 80 color set if you can swing it ) is the lowest price per pan option if you find you like it. They are a wonderful mess free option to stick pastels.

I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!

Chicken Painting in PanPastel LIVE today!

Hi friends! Just a quick post to let you know that I will have a live painting tutorial on YouTube at 12:30pm ET. Please watch it on the YouTube watch page if you want to ask questions or chat with fellow painters! This is what we will paint:

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I call it a “Tribute to Rosie.” While I was working up this painting in PanPastels I realized that you can totally do this with oils or acrylics.  I think the reason I like PanPastels is because the painting methods are so similar but I don’t have to bother squeezing out paint or wasting it because it won’t dry out. I can paint as quickly as I like or take my time and my colors will not change. If you have any questions about my materials you can ask them to me during the live show, I am super excited! You can watch the show on the player below but if you want to chat please catch it live on YouTube. I will also share lots of tips and tricks! It will be recorded though so you can rewatch it again if you like;)

This live broadcast is sponsored by Snapfish! Why not have your artwork printed on travel mugs, ornaments, pillows or throws for gifts this holiday season. Or make up a wall calendar, you can even have a print of your painting made into a jigsaw puzzle or jewelry, how cool! So many options at the click of your mouse, don’t wait, deadline for Christmas delivery is December 14th.

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Materials list and resources:

Supplies:
Sofft tools and sponges (or brushes if using paint)
Canson Mi Tientes paper in a soft green shade
PanPastels in the following colors:
Titanium white
Perm. Red Shade
Chrom. Oxide Green
Burnt Sienna Extra Dark
Diarylide Yellow Tint
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Turquoise
Pthalo Blue EX dark
Magenta ex dark

Black pearl medium fine texture (optional)
Pastel pencils (optional)
Soft pastels for final highlights (optional-I am using Schminke)

Reference photo (Credit: Paint My Photo user Hugashrimp)
Pattern

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Big thanks to Sarah Gladu for being my live show moderator, she will tell me what you all are talking about in the chat, there is no way I could do this without her!  If you are catching this after the live broadcast (or don’t want to watch on YouTube) but have a question you can leave it in comments and I will answer it in the comments after the show. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun #2: Lettering!

Happy Saturday friends! I took my girls to a roller skating birthday party today and I decided to skate too! What a fun time, it makes you feel like a kid again (however after the roller-limbo game I was back to feeling like a middle-aged broad ha ha!) Creating also makes me feel like a kid again, especially in the no fear, playful arena of an art journal:

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In today’s video I will offer some tips and ideas for hand lettering on you pages even if you don’t love your penmanship.

I love this quote because it reminds us that we are wrong sometimes. We might think that we can’t paint, draw, cook or garden. Maybe we can but have not taken the time to learn. We think things that are untrue all the time, but then you gain experience and learn more. That is life and life is like art. The next time you think you can’t do something try it anyway! I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Journal and Micron Pens I used in today’s tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ask a Crafter 29 & Introducing a New Video Series!

Howdy friends! I am flying solo for ask a crafter today, it was a busy week and Kathy and I could not film together so you are stuck with just me this week. I did answer a lot of questions though, have a listen:

I mentioned in the video that I received a bunch of mixed media supplies from Oriental Trading Company for a series of  tutorials. I will be calling them “mixed media fun” and we will work in an art journal, yay! Here is a quick video of what I got:

I’ll have an art journal tutorial coming up for you shortly, I am super excited!

Here are the things I mentioned in today’s Ask a Crafter: My tutorial for getting the look of Pan Pastels with regular chalk pastels and a tutorial using the real deal, UKmaryanne’s YouTube channel with lots of great Gelli plate ideas and funnyman John Finemore’s blog, his comedy is hilarious without making fun of anyone else, that is real humor, when you can make someone laugh without being mean or vulgar. I love British comedians!

If you have any questions for next weeks show (hopefully with Kathy) leave a comment and we will add it to the list! You can also join the party on The Frugalcrafter Community Facebook page, if you like us then “like” us! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Murder of Crows!

Hello Friends! I had some fun this weekend playing with some new stamps. The Murder of Crows set from Lost Coast designs:

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I decorated some manila tags and laminated them to make bookmarks. I colored them with PanPastels but you can use ink and a sponge or regular chalk to get the same effect. Watch the quick video to see how:

Here is the tag from the video, I was able to get the text on the tag by inking up half the stamp, stamping, cleaning the stamp and inking the other half and stamping it on the other side of the bird. An easy trick that comes in handy when trying to fit all the stamps you want on a small tag.

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I think I will use these stamps a lot, I got some old Edgar Allen Poe books that were being thrown away by the library that will be great with these stamps. I can’t wait to play more with them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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