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Old 06-28-2011, 05:21 PM
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PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

We've all enjoyed the wonderful thread that Donna Aldridge started back in 2007 called "Having a BALL using Pan Pastels!!!" but with over 1560 posts in it (WOW!) the fact is it's almost too much to handle. So with great respect for all the information and enthusiasm that's contained there, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to start a new thread devoted to instruction and inspiration for using PanPastels.

If you aren't quite sure what PanPastel is, take a peek at the manufacturers site here to explore things. I've been using them since they were introduced to the market here in America, and I assure you they are fully pastel and totally compatible with stick pastels, but they do something different: they're sheer, so you can now put down a thin, translucent layer of color.

The idea for this thread is to ask all of you to share your PanPastel paintings with us, showing how you use them, what paper and tools you like, how you structure a Pan painting differently from a traditional stick pastel painting, and even how you use them for your underpainting, if you like. We just want to share some knowledge and ideas here!

So pass the word, and if you see a good thread with a nice Pan painting in it, link us to it, and urge the artist to post it here for us to see, too.

The more the merrier!!
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I'll get things rolling with a series of pictures that I've actually posted in another thread, but I think they're instructional.

I love working on Pastelmat, since I find the more aggressive sandpapers too grabby for Pan work, but I need some soft tooth.

Starting on a piece of gray P-mat, I used a gray Pan to sketch the basic shapes.



Then I started with the big sponge and did a loose rendition of the colors to get the shapes in place.


I kept building up the color adding some drama.


And developed some of the details using the smaller sponge applicators.


This is the finished painting, 9x12" in size.


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There are plenty of people around with experience using Pans, so if anyone has questions about how to do it I'm sure folks will try and come through with answers!

And please post your PanPastel paintings here with some information for us, too!
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:18 PM
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

Hi Deborah,

Here are two PanPastel paintings. I finished them this morning and posted them in the sketch thread, but now that this thread is started, we can look at them here.


Tell me what you think! Thanks, Cali

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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

I love using Pans for skies and background. As an experiment I did an entire painting in Pans (except for the very last details). It was previously posted.

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Like Helen I previously posted this one in the old thread (quite recently) but I thought now that we have a new thread which more people may visit I'd re-post it. It's 100% pan pastels, done from a pleine air study a week or two ago. Size 11 x 14 on Pastelmat.
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Deborah......your skys are always fabulous in Pans....another classic example

Helen....love you water.......so dynamic....beautiful painting...

Cali....two lovely paintings......

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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

Cali, nice work! Are you using the rough side of Canson? Oh--I've painted that window, too. Love that pic.

Helen, what paper did you use? I haven't been visiting the threads as often, so I missed this one. Beautiful place and a lovely painting. The water just shimmers!

Carol, don't you love P-mat? Tell me what tool you used for the grass with the blue flowers in front.
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Deborah, I saw a butt cloud in there, but you caught it. (Hope this isn't too off topic.)
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration


Dancing Sky, 18 x 18, on yellow Pastelmat (the demo for the video.) I still have this one!


I posted this one recently, too. 9x12" on gray P-mat.

And I added this when folks asked about the colors:


I have the whole set and I LOVE how I can mix even more colors.
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Deborah, I saw a butt cloud in there, but you caught it. (Hope this isn't too off topic.)

Don't show me... I hate those things but (or is that butt) they always show up! Maybe I should make 'em a trademark--find the butt cloud!
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

Great idea to start this thread, Deborah. I hope you get plenty of people to participate and share ideas and tips. I can't wait to try Pans on Pastelmat. I agree with you about the sanded papers. They chew the tools up quickly.

I will keep my eye on this thread, but I won't be able to participate for about six or seven weeks. My Pans are packed away with all my other art supplies. My wife and I are making a big move in two weeks (700 mile drive) and we don't get our new house until August 12, so we will be staying in a very small apartment until then. Once we are finally moved in and get all set up I will gladdly revisit PanPastels. Your clouds are beautiful and your paintings show that Pans can be used for more than just under paintings.


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Doug, hope the move goes smoothly. We'll expect to see some great Pan experiments from you once you're settled.
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Hi Deborah,

I used the front or rough side of the paper. Thanks for your comment. Cali
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

How timely, I was in Jerry's the other day and they had Pans on sale, so I bought one for a background color and the package of tools.

Is there any way to get these onto sanded paper without the tools? I have so much paper that I can't see buying more just to try this out.

Have you used them on black paper and how well did they cover?
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

They're a little too sheer for black paper. The colors look dull. But what I find interesting is to use gouache on the Somerset black velvet, then cover with Pans... I've also used them on sandpapers. It's just that they rob the pigment load from the sponges, so you "run out of paint" too soon, so to speak. The sponges still work the best, as far as I'm concerned. Do you have anything like watercolor paper or printmaking paper? Try them on drawing paper or on construction paper. (I know--not for permanence!) I even find them interesting on the back side of clear or white vellum. I'd suggest dragging out every kind of paper you can get your hands on and trying them out to see what happens. That's what I did!

Too bad you didn't pick up two, Kat. Then you would have at least three colors, and maybe more depending on what you chose. You really can mix and blend them.
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I've got to go back and pick up a canvas for an acrylic painting, so I think I'll pick up a few more - they were only $4.59, I think.

I bought an aubergine for a background color - any suggestions?

Have you tried the real short blender brushes with the Pans or a colorshaper?

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