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Fun with Pan Pastels

It's Friday!!!  It's Friday!!!

Welcome to the blog folks!  As usual fun things are happening with Altered Pages!  We are some lucky little artists this month, for sure. The Altered Pages Design Team, for the entire month of September, will be focusing our projects on PanPastels!

Oh how I love PanPastels!!!  They are user friendly, blendable, ERASABLE and come in every color of the rainbow.  You will just love them too.  

My project this time around was kept somewhat simple.  I didn't want too many things going on or too much to look at.  I hope you enjoy how I was inspired by PanPastels.  A product list will be included at the end of this post. 

This piece began as a simple little Gelli plate background.  The other day my daughter and I made probably 60 or so Gelli plate paintings and I chose one of those to be the base for this.  We had a blast Gelli printing.  We grabbed household items that we thought would make interesting patterns as was well as traditional painting supplies and stamps and we went to town. I will include some photos of that as well.  In the following pictures you will see the progression of the piece starting with the humble Gelli print.    

Here is my Gelli print background using the bottom of a shot glass in metallic copper acrylic paint with many remnant colors left over from previous prints.  I love how you never quite know what you are going to get when you DON'T clean your plate in between printings. 

I then added a thin and uneven coat of Gesso with my palette knife and let that dry. 

I then came in with my Red Iron Oxide PanPastel (more of a brownish rust color) and built it up gradually.  This really brought out the background giving depth to it rather than covering it up. 

Next, I brought in a few areas of  the Ultramarine Blue PanPastel.

I then, with my Micron and Pit Pens, began drawing a very loose off centered flower, really just some petals of a flower.  I added whimsical detail with those same pens and a little highlight with my Uniball white pen.  You can also see a faint image of  the word Inspire.  This was done by stamping the image with my clear Versamark ink pad and brushing over that with the same Ultramarine Blue PanPastel.  I started colorizing only a portion and then snapped that picture above so you can see how the pastel takes to the Versamark.  I love the result!     

I then stamped the image again just a bit above the original using my black Stazon.  The blue undertone gives it a cool shadow effect and it was so easy!  I continued to add detail and really make some of the line work more defined by using a heavier hand. 

I really hope you enjoyed my Fun with PanPastels piece.  There will be plenty more to come from our talented Design Team.  Be sure to check the blog and leave comments daily!  By leaving comments you will be entered into our prize drawing at the end of the month long promotion of PanPastels.  Hmmm, I wonder what the prize might be........PanPastels you say..............?

As promised here are a few shots of my budding artist Gabby working on her Gelli prints.  We were busy at this for hours and made some brilliant paintings.  

Products used:
PanPastels  - in Red Iron Oxide and Ultramarine Blue
Gelli Plate -  which will be back in stock soon. Check the tools category. 
Misc stamps and acrylic paints. 

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love how you can use so many odd items in your design. Great job.

  2. Love the simplicity of this! And the drop-shadow using Versamark was ingenious!

  3. Great idea to combine your gelli print with the Pan Pastels! This is beautiful.

  4. AWESOME ART! Layers are what it's about!

  5. Love the results you got with so many different products! Great job!

  6. Love it Steph! The pastels over the gelli print really add such depth to the project.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Love the pretty, soft colors of the PanPastels, and the Gelli plate prints look awesome too!

  8. Stephanie looks like you did some great gelli plate and pan pastels backgrounds.This looks like alot od fun!

  9. Really love the techniques used on this project! Outstanding!


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