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halos, highlights, and Halloween with Pan Pastels


Have you seen the amazing "paintings" that people do with Pan Pastels?  They're fabulous.  But you won't see one in this post--waaaaaayyyyy beyond me!  However, I still REALLY like these pastels, and am having a great time incorporating them into my creations.  

One of the things I tend to "do" is halo, or highlight, around people or words, sometimes with gold paint, but most commonly with white crayon.  However, I'm seriously considering trading in the white crayon permanently . . .

Let me show you some before and after photos.  Here is an atc I did a while back, the background is a collage of papers from a Vintage Text Pages Pack, paint, etc.  Around the stitched heart is a subtle halo/highlight of white crayon.                                                                                                                                                          

Here is the same atc, but with white Pan Pastel for the halo/highlight.  I like this one better!













Before
This one has a more subtle difference, due to the light neutral papers used--again from a Vintage Text Pages Pack.
After--adds a little "glow," yes?
One more---this is a tip-in layout for a Poe themed book I've been working on.  The background paper is a Gelli Plate print:
Before--some grey crayon
white and black Pan Pastels
 Again, not a dramatic change, but I definitely like the blended Pastels better.  Here is the whole layout, just for a little peek:
Layout open, little book shut
The little book open--it's a pop-up book INSIDE a pop-up book.

Altered Pages Poe Page
Altered Pages Raven Page
Delicata Silver Ink
Gelli Plate

Leave me a comment, and you're entered in the draw for the September comment-leaver-prize of a SET of Pan Pastels!  As a matter of fact, go through and leave comments on ALL the September posts--the more comments, the better your chances.

Have a wonderful Thursday!
:)trisha

Comments

  1. Wonderful ATC and pages and thanks for sharing some great techniques! I will definitely have to try the halo effect. :-)

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  2. Trisha, great comparisons! I like how the Pan Pastels act as a halo. Thanks for the great info.

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  3. I like the white around the main subject♥ A technique I will have to try♥

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  4. I like the halo effect. Do you seal your page after using the pan pastels so they won't smear?

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    1. always good to seal but not absolutely needed.

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    2. I am new to pan pastels, what do you recommend to seal with?
      Thanks,
      kim

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  5. Trisha loves her crayons so this is a real testimonial to PanPastels!!!

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    1. She's not kidding. I'm a hard sell, no lie!

      :)

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  6. I love the Vintage Text pack and your technique is awesome!

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    1. I love the Vintage Text packs, too--great variety, you don't have to buy a whole book, and you can avoid any potential angst about tearing up a book yourself---win, win, win! :)

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  7. I've been wanting to try the Pan Pastels also. I love how you used them. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I would love to try some Pan Pastels, thank you for giving us the chance to win them. They really do make quite a difference in how the images, "POP". Your Poe book is VERY creative.

    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  9. In all the years I have been making art, I have never tried Pan Pastels. I really like the difference they make in your art above. Your pop up book is amazing. Poe (nevermore) and pop up books are favorites of mine, have been for a very long time, since I've been a child. Anyway, keeping my fingers crossed that I will win your generous give-away!! (bstoby@charter.net)

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  10. I love this effect! It really ties it in and stops the images from floating. Thanks for sharing, anxious to learn more about pan pastels!
    Have a great day!~kim

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  11. I love your comparisons that show the difference in the crayons vs. Pan Pastels. The images really do pop off the page with the Pans! TFS

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  12. Wow, nice. I have been wanting to try Pan Pastels and would love to win.

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  13. what great projects. I would love to win the pan pastels.

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  14. I like the halo effect! Great idea to use the PanPastels for that!

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  15. Love the pan pastel look. In class I learned the halo effect when using tomboys by using light blue halo. I like the look of the pan pastels better. Would love to win a set.

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  16. Pan Pastels really seem to make a difference, don't they. Would love to win!

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  17. Tirsha, this is really a cool book, love the pop-up! I don't have any Pan Pastels (SHOCK) and would love to have a set!

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  18. Really beautifully done! I've never actually used Pan Pastels but would love try!

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  19. Fabulous!
    I'd love to try some pan pastels!

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  20. I love pan pastels - I have a few but would love to have more. They are so much fun to use and so versatile. They absolutely put the finish on so many projects

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  21. I will have to try using PanPastels for 'halos" as you call them. That's a great idea!

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  22. I would love a chance to win. E mail address: lstardust999@Aol.com

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  23. Such a cool project, book inside a book. Love it!

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    1. I meant to say that I LOVE your Poe project -- not your Poo project!

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    2. ***snort!!!*** That's a good one! :)

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  25. Love the pop-up book within the pop-up book! Would also love some pan pastels!

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  26. Love pan pastels, so dreamy!! Lissag123@verizon.net

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  27. Oh, such beautiful stuff.(And the Pan Pastels are pretty nice, too!) Thanks for doing this giveaway

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  28. you've convinced me -- everyone should highlight with pan pastels! it is good to see other ways of using them so thank you. xo

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  29. The are perfect to highlight vibrantly or subtle, they suit your style and gorgeous books wonderfully Trisha!

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