Thursday, January 17, 2013

Latest Obsession: Pan Pastels!

I have yearned to get my hands on Pan Pastels for a couple of years.  I have never wanted to spend $300+ for the largest set-especially if I wasn't 100% sure that I would love them.  So I finally bought just an intro set that includes 7 basic colors (primary colors, black, white, brown, and green).  The set also came with a tray and a couple of soft tools.  There is room in the tray for 3 more colors.  I added a light fleshy color too so I have a total of 8 colors.  This is a great set to start with.  I can already tell that I want more colors and tools!  At a minimum, I'd like to add a gray tone and some of my other favorite colors (orange, magenta, teal, etc.) to my collection.

This is my first attempt at using Pan Pastels, created over a gel print. Even with just basic colors, I was able to get some great shading.  I also used a couple of colored pencils and a black marker.  I then amped up the color saturation in the digital photo to bring out the layers in the gel print.  I will have to practice with the tools (and I'd like more-maybe one for each color).  I will also experiment using q-tips, etc.  my fingers (my favorite tools) also worked well.


  1. What a great piece of art! I am amazed that you created all the texture with pan pastels. Love the pop the digi gives your beautiful lady!

  2. Looks great! I started with the basic set and added more a few times. Love them.

  3. Hi, I found your wonderful blog today from your link at The Art Journal Yahoo Group. Can't wait to watch your gelli plate videos the next time I am at the library (dial-up at home).

    I use the Extra Dark Pan Pastels for shading with all kinds of mixed media projects. You might want to try one.

  4. Thanks all for the kind words. Maricella, I can already tell that I need (not want, NEED) more colors. ;->