Limited Palette Pastel Painting using 6 Sennelier Soft Pastels!

Hi friends! In last months Smart Art box there were pastel supplies including a test pack of 6 sennelier pastels, they were so lovely, I only wished I had a larger set! 

 

I mixed, layered and blended until I had a painting I was happy with and in today’s video I’ll show you how!

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Supplies:

*In addition to the supplies in the kit you will need a brush and water. I also recommend fixative or hairspray for setting layers. I used Aqua net hairspray in aerosol form purchased at Target. Grab your supplies and paint along! You don’t have to have a lot of colors to make fun art! Happy crafting!

 

 

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Better Late Than Never {Mixed Media Vineyard Grapes}

Hi friends! I am so sorry that I couldn’t get this blog post up before the live stream today. I just remembered yesterday that I scheduled my last kids art class at the library at the same time as my friday live stream and it had been advertised in the local paper so I couldn’t move it so instead of cancelling my live stream I decided to do it earlier. One of these days I’ll have my act together (probably not this summer though!) 😉 I did notify folks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so if you want to make sure you hear about any breaking art live streams be sure to follow me there as well. The best thing is to subscribe on YouTube and click the notification bell to make sure you get updates when I am about to go live.  Here is what we did today!

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Here is the replay!

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Have a great weekend and try to make some time for art and creativity! Happy crafting!

 

Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Artichoke in Oil Pastel {beginner tutorial!)

Hi friends! I’m back with another pastel tutorial and this time we will take a look at oil pastels and paint an artichoke!

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Follow along with the step by step video to get a feel for this fun medium! If you don’t have oil pastels try watercolor crayons or chalk/soft pastels. You will find that you can interchange many of the techniques. I got some great feedback from my onion pastel tutorial last week and one of the most interesting comments (made by several of you) was that some people were put-off by the sound of soft pastels or the dusty feeling on them on your skin. If you hate the chalky feel and sound but love the look try oil pastels!

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Oil pastels are fun to use and the set of 50 Pentel oil pastels I am using is on sale for $6.69 at Blitzy. They also have Lowel Cornell set of 60 for $6.79. I love how you can get started so cheaply!

If you prefer water-soluble oil pastels Blitzy has the Portfolio by Crayola brand which I recommend in sets of 12  and 24.
The water-soluble pastels are larger sticks and very similar to the Primas for half the price. The Prima water-soluble oil pastels are a higher quality than the Portfolio and the best price I have seen the 24 set is Hallmark Scrapbook.

I have a review on water-soluble oil pastels and crayons on my blog here comparing the different brands and prices that might help you decide.

Here is a picture of an artichoke.

Please note, I used affiliate links to Blitsy and Hallmark Scrapbook in this post. If you click on the link and make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Please use what you have but if you need supplies both sites have excellent prices on everything! Thanks for stopping by and til next time hapy crafting!

Watermedia Review {pardon the mess}

Today I will go over the different water-soluble media I have with the exception of acrylics because they are a different animal altogether. I will show you what I have for paint, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, ink sticks, pastels etc. I will compare kids supplies to artist’s quality and advise when to save and when to splurge. Here is a sampling of the media will will try out in the video:

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I will warn you, I have a lot of water-media. I have been adding to my collection for 15 years and I teach art professionally so please do not feel bad if you do not have as much. Nobody would go out and buy everything at once, get a few items and try them out, see what they can do and add to your collection as budget permits. I hope this video will help you make smart decisions when buying your supplies:

If you have any questions about the products I showed in the video or want to add your recommendations for products please leave a comment. I think it would be impossible to have every kind of water-media out there (it would be fun trying to collect it though!) but I hope I covered all the types of media so you can see what will work best for you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Are you ready to color! {and stamp too!}

Hello friends! I hope you are having a nice Friday! I feel like I have been bouncing from project to project this week but I have to tell you I love it! I’ll be starting my Mixed Media art Journal series on my blog tomorrow, I’m calling it Mixed Media Fun and each video will explore a specific technique or supply. I hope you check back for that! Today though, I have a couple tutorials for you on how I made the stamped panel for this card:

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I love the Flower Fairy stamp collection from Crafter’s Companion, I bought EVERY unmounted stamp set they offered on sale at Custom Crops a couple years ago and I am so glad I did because you can’t find them all anymore! There are a few (probably the most popular ones) sets of cling mounted flower fairy stamps available directly at Crafter’s Companion but they don’t have the massive amount of stamps that the original unmounted sets had and they are more expensive because they are mounted. But it is an option if you are looking for something similar and missed the boat.

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In the first video I will show you how to color the fairy using watercolor pencils and a blender pen:

I love the way she turned out but I did not like the white background so here is how to stamp a background without masking. You will need a clear embossing inkpad (or glycerin and a make-up sponge) chalk pastels and a pom-pom or Q-tip to apply the chalk, have a look.

You can get the set of chalk I used here at Custom Crops along with other color sets and the last time I checked they were on sale!

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I stamped the sentiment right on the background with purple metallic ink and then used embossing tinsel (OK show of hands, who has been stamping long enough to remember embossing tinsel, turns out it ages very well since I bought mine 8 years ago at a yard sale LOL!) to give it a bit of bling.

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I decided on an easel card because I wanted a little bit more space to decorate and the floor of the card gives me that opportunity.

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I decorated it with orphaned die-cuts that were sitting in the use-it-or-toss-it-basket, don’t we all have one of those? I hope you try these techniques and if you do share it on the facebook page, I’d love to see it! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Using Chalk Pastels to Stamp!

Howdy folks! My crafty mojo made an appearance today while I was playing with my chalk pastels.

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It got me to thinking, chalk ink is expensive but you can get  set of student grade chalk (aka soft) pastels at the craft store for cheap (48 for $10) so I used said cheap pastels to stamp with, have a look:

Extra bonus, this is a technique that I would use the expensive inktense blocks with and the pastels work just as well and they are more in the price range of average crafters. What’s more most of us have some type of pastel or decorator chalk in our stash from 10 years ago when it was all the rage (yes, if you can pop those suckers out of the palette they came in you can use them!)

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I love that you can stamp on dark-colored cardstock with these too! Is there no end to the fun we can have with these inexpensive goodies? Now, I got a lot of questions on YouTube about whether the stamped image needs to be sealed. Well, before I took the photos I rubbed may hand over the images, no smudging at all. Another reason I would not seal them is that it might darken the color or make them disappear on dark cardstock, also sometimes fixatives will make paper brittle over time (especially if you are a cheap skate like me and use Aqua-Net as a sealer LOL!)

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So there you have it! Another use for an old product you probably already have, if not you can obtain them cheaply. I spied many sets that looked pretty good for under $10 at my local ACmoore. Look for rich, vivid colors and you can’t go wrong. In case you are wondering if you should spend big bucks on artist grade pastels ask yourself this: Are you going to paint a picture with them? Do you have children who will share them with you? Do you have proper ventilation? I love artist grade pastels and I paint with them. The colors will last longer because they contain pigments, some of which are toxic such as cobalt, cadmium, and other baddies and you shouldn’t breathe the dust. You don’t have to worry so much about student grade products because they are non-toxic, I don’t recommended breathing the dust on purpose or anything but they are a lot safer and the results will still be lovely. Chances are if you are using them in a scrapbook, journal or card they will not be hanging in direct sunlight for an extended period of time either, the cheap stuff is fine for this, BTW all of the chalk in the scrapbook “archival” aisle is the cheap stuff with a bigger price tag. You’re welcome.  I hope this project unleashed some creativity in you today, feel free to share what you have created by leaving a link in the comments, I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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