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.
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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!
Hi friends! I am so excited to share this painting with you today because I had so much fun painting it!
I filmed and narrated the entire 2+ hour duration of this painting and you can find that tutorial in Critique Club. The tutorial is broken up into 6 smaller segments so you can easily take breaks and not lose your place. There are so many techniques in this painting that can be applied to other watercolor paintings as well. Critique Club is a monthly membership that costs $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. While you are a member you can access any of the past real-time lessons that are longer and more advanced to what I post on YouTube. In addition each month you get a creative prompt and you can upload up to two paintings you are currently working on for feedback on so you can grow and improve as an artist. It is my hope that this customized feedback, or critique, can help you become the best artist you can be! This is a gentle community of artists wanting to learn. Click here to learn more about Critique Club or enroll today!
Now for the Sketchbook Sunday Time Lapse!
Supplies: (Affiliate links used)
Watercolors (Paul Rubens) Ultramarine, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, (Light red, English red or Indian red), Sap green, yellow ocher and Cobalt teal *All colors are in the 24 set except cobalt teal which is in the 48 set if you want to splurge (it’s a great deal if you want a lot of colors) I used a stick of Cobalt Teal from Daniel Smith on mine because I got my 24 set of paint before the 48 set came out.
I hope you enjoyed this painting and I hope it inspires you to draw or paint something with lots of texture soon! Remember you can find the real time tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and til next time happy creating!
Directions for rust paste:
1. Mix grit in to dark brown (burnt umber) and reddish-brown (burnt sienna) separately. You want a loose mud consistency.
2. Apply dark brown to your substrate (use embossed thin cardboard with layers of die cut cardboard for a nice texture) with a stiff brush working it into the nooks and crannies. You can stipple on the paint for extra texture. Let dry.
3. Dry brush copper or gold over the panel.
4. Use a palette knife to apply the reddish-brown. You can stipple on some of the red-brown color too.
5. Mix turquoise and white to make a pale aqua. Add water and apply to panel then spray with water so it will drip and look like patina.
I hope you try this technique with the supplies you have on hand and let me know how it goes! If you enjoyed this tutorial I’d love it if you shared it with your crafty friends using one of the handing sharing buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi there crafters! I was in need of a birthday card for a guy and came up with this:
I die cut some gears from cardstock and wanted them to look like metal so I inked them with pigment ink and used copper embossing powder and heat it…but wait? Where is my shiny finish?!? My old embossing powder had tarnished from either age, humidity or both and my gears looked rusty…but wait, I like it!
I even bent the gear in the center to crack the embossing and it flaked off like real rust, score! I never thought I’d be so excited about rust LOL! In case rust is not your thing you can get a metal look too, check out these tags. The one on the left I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and swiped with a gold inkpad (I also tried it with gold powder eyeshadow and it worked great too!) then I inked up an embossing folder with brown ink (the side that will face the right side of the tag) and ran it through my big shot. Since the tag was damp with ink I quickly dipped it in clear embossing powder and heated it for a glassy shine. Since I used some gold ink it look rather metallic but to enhance the effect you can use more metallic inks, it is all up to you.
To grungify the tag on the right I did all the steps as the other tag then brushed some acrylic paint over the raised area and sprinkled my tarnished copper EP on top. I heated it and the paint cracked and the EP got all rusty, overall a great old distressed look I think!
I guess I won’t be throwing away my old embossing powders after all 😛 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!