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Old 04-14-2015, 06:02 PM
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

Made it! A typical shot down The Narrows at Mt Zion NP. Fantastic Place.
This is done 100% in my container pastels. One thing I like about my pastels is that if you have some left over after packing your container the loose pastel easily wets and you can use it with a brush. None of that here as I haven't had time to do much creative work with all my creative color- making. I think that's about to change.
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Wow! I love this! It's beautiful. Great perspective and depth, good composition and the sense of lght in the fall foliage in distance is gorgeous. Your homemade Pans worked great!

Cool that you can use water to turn the excess into paint. That might work with Pans that have been broken up too, glad I didn't throw them out. I save everything. Replaced pans that got broken (not many but I lost one to an accident and another to the move) and this is very cool.

Now you have me wondering if I can do Pans and then give it an alcohol wash...
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Thanks, Robert. I appreciate the comments.
I haven't tested the solubilities of pan pastels. Mine are basically soft pastels with talc held together with a small dose of methyl cellulose. I'm sure that's what makes them water-soluble. I dabbled a bit with some of the left-overs on a piece of wet wc paper just to see how they work hand here's the result.
They work just like watercolors, but when they're dry you can blend them with your fingers like soft pastels. Neat.
You've got me thinking about other ways to use pan pastels. Hum??
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Can someone here help me?Brand new to art. Having a really tough time using pans for clouds over paper toned with dark blue pan. The blue mixes with the white! and I'd love to put tints in the clouds, but how? That pesky blue mixes with the white clouds.
Any advice much appreciated.
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Oh that's fun! Lovely effect you got with water and interesting you could blend after they dry. Coolness!

Sounds like you're using a very dark blue in the sky, which doesn't always work. I answered this question on the other thread but at this point with it already toned, an eraser s your best option. I like using kneaded erasers to lift Pan Pastel, they can even get back to pure paper color sometimes if I'm patient. Press it down and peel off, stretch it, fold it and repeat. At the very end of lifting out the cloud area you can rub a bit to remove the last, but rubbing early may scrub the color deeper into the paper.

There, managed to add to the previous answer. Press and peel is also how to lift color with kneaded erasers on colored pencils painting, which is a Lot Harder than pan pastels. Those come up completely most times.
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

lovingmylife - I agree with Robert A kneaded eraser is an essential for working with Pans....so easy to remove previous pastel. But not if you've already used Fixative on it first, as you don't say?
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

This is a PanPastel I painted for the Floral Forum's April Plant Parade - the topic for the month was dahlias.



As PanPastels are semi-transparent, I've been experimenting with using them in a technique similar to watercolor technique i.e. working from light to dark.
I posted a Thread with WIP photos as I painted this Dahlia.
Here's the link to the thread (there's a bit of a watercolor WIP in there too)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show....php?t=1378223
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Vivien, that is incredible! I love the idea, yeah, they can work well like watercolor and if I lay in all the darks first glazing over with lighter color isn't hard at all. You got so much detail in this and lovely clean edges, not razor-hard but sort of pencil-hard, just clean enough to give the idea of thin delicate flower petals seen close. Love the vignette softness around the edges too. This would be so incredible on a wall. What size is it?
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Viv- that is just amazing and superb!!!
They are semi-transparent...hmmm I might have to try your light to dark idea. I always go the other way.
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Re: PANPASTEL SHOW AND TELL--instructions and inspiration

Right, light to dark... I was thinking dark to light. I've done both with watercolor but light to dark allows more spontaneity, I think. This is going to be fun! A lot of times with Pans, I go area by area rather than either.
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