Friday, September 12, 2014

Dance with Pan Pastels

Hi, it's Robin here.  Welcome to my first project using Pan Pastels.  I've never used them before so I did a lot of reading and watching YouTube videos before I picked up a sponge.  There is a wonderful post here on Altered Pages Artsociates that will walk you through the tools and techniques to get you started.  Where you go from there is up to you!

I am using two colors on this project - Permanent Green Extra Dark and Magenta Extra Dark.  I began by applying an even layer of green around the outer edge of the 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 card panel with one of the finger width sponges.

Then I filled in the center with an even layer of the purple with the same sponge.  You simply need to wipe the first color off on a scrap of paper or paper towel before using the second color; there is no washing required.

Using the stylus, I drew several vines and leaves across the entire card panel.  Light purple berries were added to the vines using a pastel pencil.  To give them more dimension, I highlighted the vines and berries with a gold gel pen.

Since I had the pencil set out, I added some shading to the leaves with white and gray pencils. 

I have an awesome alphabet stencil set that I picked up at one of the big box hardware stores.  They sell several different sizes and you can find them near the mailboxes.  For the word "DANCE", I used the smallest set.  I outlined the letters with pencil and then filled them in using a white paint pen and then used a colored pencil to add a shadow to the letters.

This beautiful ballerina has been on my desk for months just waiting to dance onto a project.  I printed the 1793 Vintage Ballerinas collage sheet on 8.5 x 11 white card stock and cut out the lovely soloist.  The panel was then mounted on two corresponding sheets of textured card stock and fits an A7 envelope.

It's a simple card to highlight the beautiful background.  I had fun playing with these wonderful Pan Pastels!  They are a wonderful addition to my mixed media art supplies!!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  Please remember to comment on the posts in September for a chance to win your own set of pastels.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you next time.


  1. love the colors - very Sugarplum Faery-ish! Nice job - good learning curve! LOL

  2. Very whimsical! Awesome job! <3

  3. Lovely! Two beautiful colors of PanPastels! Can't wait to try them!

  4. Love how this turned out. I especially love how you created the vines on your background. Just beautiful!

  5. Absolutely LOVE the dance card Robin made. The pan paints really let you see the texture of the background and depth of the colours.