Rustic Textures in Soft Pastel (Sketchbook Sunday)

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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I hope this inspires you to give soft pastels a try! Til next time happy crafting!

Struggling through a painting…

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a painting I struggled with. I’d been out of sorts all week and I found it hard to focus or even decide what to paint. As I worked through this painting there were many times I just wanted to toss it in the garbage and I probably would have if I didn’t need it for work. This brings me to the thought that there are several ways we can deal with a problematic painting. You can pitch it in the trash, you can set it aside to return to at a later date when your might has had a chance to forget the struggle (probably the best option but you may risk losing interest in the project) or you can do what I usually do which is to fight through and finish it. How do you deal with this?

The real time version of this tutorial is up in Critique Club if you want to see the struggle in real time and see how I solved the many issues that came up in this painting. You can also watch the time lapse below.

Supplies:

If you want to learn more about soft pastels I have a course: Soft Pastels for Beginners you might like and you can save 40% on that class, or any other class in my Teachable school by using the coupon code LOVE40 now through 2/20/21. The pastel class link above should contain the discount but if you don’t see it click “add coupon” at checkout and type in LOVE40 to get the Valentines sale price! Happy crafting!

I really loved painting this!

Hi friends, I had the most fun playing with pastels this week!

You can find the real time 73 minute long fully narrated tutorial in Critique Club if you are interested along with 34 other intermediate/advanced mixed media tutorials all for $5 per month. What’s more, you can upload 2 paintings of yours per month for an in-depth critique from me. You also get monthly creative prompts to inspire you! Critique Club is designed to help you grow as an artist. Anyone who wants to get more out of their art is welcome to join this supportive group of like minded artists! Learn more or join today!

Now on to the timelapse!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

  • Paper: Canson MiTintes *I recommend the pads rather than full sheets unless you want to work large and have storage space for them. I have both and almost always reach for the pads.
  • NuPastels
  • Pan Pastels *I recommend starting with the painting set of 20, then go for the tints, shades and then ex dark shades. This will allow you to build your collection without duplicates (except black and white.) Pan Pastels are an investment so if you are not sure you will like them try painting with a cheap, yet colorful, set of eye-shadow and see what you think. The Pan Pastels will be a bit brighter and opaque (and cheaper in the long run) but at least you can see if it’s for you before spending a lot.
  • If you want an inexpensive pastel stick set to get started with I recommend the Faber Castel Goldfaber pastels.
  • Sponge tools for pastels
  • Reference photo

So, how did you like pastels? Do you want to give it a try? If you want to get going in pastels but don’t know where to start I have the class for you! You can save 30% on my online course Soft Pastel for Beginners with the coupon code PASTEL30 or by clicking this special discount link. In this class I go over tools and techniques so you can get the most of this exciting medium and then we paint four complete paintings step-by-step together so you can put all of the techniques you learned into practice. This pastel primer will give you all of the training you need to explore soft pastels and create truly stunning artwork. As with all of my online classes you can come back to the lessons anytime you want for as long as you want and you can upload your work for feedback from me. Learn more here or enroll today!

Well, that’s it from me today. I’m going to go visit my folks today and hopefully score some lilacs from their massive lilac bush (and hopefully some rhubarb too!) Have a wonderful Sunday, take care of yourself and each other and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Grapes in Pastel!

Hi friends! I worked with pastels in my sketchbook today!

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After looking at this painting I realized that it would work well with oil pastels too. You would build up more layers by coloring over the previous ones to blend rather than using your fingers but the overall steps would be the same. If you are new to oil pastels maybe just do the grapes and leave the background out. For my demonstration I used soft pastels (the chalky feeling kind) and pastel pencils. Watch the video to see the process, it took about 40 minutes but honestly if I fussed less it would have been quicker. 🙂

Supplies:

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You can join the hundreds of students who have learned to draw confidently and accurately with my ‘draw what you see’ method. You can take as long as you need to complete the course, share your work in the classroom for personalised feedback and even return to the lessons again anytime you like because you get lifetime access! Click here to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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A Beginner Pastel Lesson on my NEW Fabulous Camera!

Hi friends! I have been wanting to upgrade my video camera for a couple of years but always got overwhelmed at the amount of choices and the price tags out there. I was so afraid of buying the wrong thing but I know cameras have come a long way since I purchased my beloved Samsung F90 a few years ago and I really want to make high quality videos where you can see as much detail as possible.

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So I asked my tech savvy husband to research the options and he narrowed the search down to 6 cameras and I ended up picking this Panasonic Lumix G7 and I am so pleased with the results. Jason has been working on adding mounts to my filming areas to hold this camera since strapping the camera to my “ceiling sticks” with an elastic cord is probably not the safest route LOL! I am still keeping my “old reliable” Samsung and I still have a few videos filmed on that one that I haven’t published yet but going forward most of my videos will be shot on the new fancy camera. You can see it’s debut in today’s video!

I got asked many times if oil pastels could be used instead of chalky soft pastels and yes you can! The results will be a bit different but use what you have. You may prefer one of the other as well f you don;t like dusty fingers of the feel/sound of the chalk. If you are new to soft pastel I recommend starting with an inexpensive but good quality student grade set as you ill get all of the joy with none of the potential toxicity of artist grade pigments. You can always upgrade later if you like them and when you understand how to handle them safely. I am not trying to scare you, I just want to make sure you are not blowing or breathing in pastel dust.

Supplies (Affiliate Links used)

I hope you enjoy the higher quality video and let me know what you think of this project in the comments below! Feel free to share this tutorial with anyone who might like it or Pin it on Pinterest using the sharing button below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!