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Pan Pastels Play

Hi Everyone!  It's Danie here today sharing a little bit of my Pan Pastels Play with you all.

I decided to film my play showing how easy and versatile it is to use these beautiful colors with other mediums and create interest and texture by creating layers using stencils.  Lucky I did this well in advance because this week I have the flu and have lost my voice.....haha.

You will also see how easy it is to achieve different colors.  This was my first time using Google Hangouts to record too, so the footage is live at the time of filming and unedited.....For my play today I am using the Pan Pastel Exploring Mixed Media Set No 1.  Which has seven different colors, two shades of red, two shades of blue, a yellow green, a white and a black.  The kit also contained various applicator sponges and a painting knife and knife covers, everything you need to get started.  In my play today I also use a ear bud and my finger to apply and blend the color.

Following my play as seen in the video I used my backgrounds to create the above ATC's, I trimmed them slightly smaller than ATC size and mounted them on some left over Gelli Prints.  I combined them with butterfly images from the Beautiful Butterflies Collage Sheet and word strips cut from one of the papers in the Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey Collection.


  1. terrific primer! really showed the 'down and dirty' starting off place for using these luscious colors!

    one question: do the Pan Pastels ever actually dry? Or, like oil pastels, must they have a fixative put over the top to make them permanent.

    thanks for sharing your tutorial!

    1. Whoa, wait, do oil pastels actually dry out? I have some that were my mother's that are still perfect, and some from estate sales I've picked up here and there, too.

    2. PanPastels do not 'dry out' as they are not 'wet' they are pigment in a compressed form.

    3. Hi Tristan, I didn't use a fixative with these ATC's as I found there wasn't much rubbing off happening with them, I have also in the past when layering like this just run a tissue across the surface a couple of times and taken any excess pastel off which has lightened the design slightly but not lost or removed it. This question was also answered here on the FAQ on the Pan Pastel page which indicates that a fixative isn't necessary. I hope this answers your question.

  2. These are fabulous, I needed some more inspiration for my ATC's. These backgrounds are perfect. Love the Pan Pastel colors.

  3. Awesome tutorial and video! Beautiful ATCs!

  4. Fabulous background, Danie. Love the video tutorial. Learned a lot from you. Thanks!

  5. These are such pretty pages! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I loved the video! I need ATC's for next week and I am going to try this technique! Of course I will have to substitute the pan pastels!

  7. Awesome! I love the idea of using PanPastels with stencils!

  8. Beautiful! Looks like such a fun time and your ATC's are wonderful!


  9. Gorgeous creations! The colors are so fab. Off to watch your video now. Hope to win some Pan Pastels so I can play too. :)

  10. So lovely! I'm learning so much about PanPastels!

  11. Oh beautiful. and thank you for the video, great inspiration. Fingers crossed I win some to play with x


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