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Tips for Creating Outline Drawings

In this quick video Colin offers tips for creating and adjusting your outline drawings on pastel paper before colour the picture using pastel pencils. The steps Colin refers to are: Make your outline drawing (either using Square Drawing Grids or free hand) Scan the drawing [...]

Using Alternative Pastel Papers for Pastel Pencil Work

Over the last few months we have received many emails and feedback comments regarding 'Pastelmat' pastel paper, some for and some against it's use with our pastel pencil medium. So I thought that you would be interested to hear how I view the use of [...]

By | April 28th, 2017|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

Art Projectors & Tracing – Podcast #169

This week on the show we talk about using Art Projectors and other tracing methods. We talk using the square drawing grids and how to improve your eye for composition and proportions. We also talk about using the grain of the Ingres paper to your [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Podcasts|0 Comments

Using an Art Projector

We had a great question come in from Gary via our Facebook Page which we wanted to share with you all: I have never had an experience with the pastel medium, but because of you, I'm going to try it. I know the sketch is [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Mix Soft Pastel and Pastel Pencil

Are you wondering if soft pastel and pastel pencils can be used together? In this demonstration Colin shows how to add soft pastel on top of pastel pencils in a background. The pastel pencils chalky texture acts as a good base for the soft pastels. [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|1 Comment

Introducing our New Bundles!

We decided to package together some of our best products from the store into special bundles available to buy Today! Save money by purchasing one of the following bundles (psst they also make great gifts!): Ultimate Membership Bundle: Save 15% When You Purchase Our Ultimate [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

Blend Pastel into Backgrounds using this Blending Tool

In this quick video, Colin shows how he uses the colour shaper to blend pastel pencil into his backgrounds. He uses 2 sizes of shaper - No.2 for detailed blending and No.10 for larger areas such as backgrounds, water and skies. To purchase the colour [...]

By | July 11th, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

How to Blend Pastel with Colour Shapers

In this quick demonstration, Colin shows you how to achieve amazing effects using the Size 10 Grey Chisel End Colour Shaper. Being a larger size, it's ideal for smoothing out and pushing the pastel into the paper - great for creating reflections in water! To [...]

By | July 1st, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Can you use a Pencil Sharpener with Pastel Pencils

This is a common question when it comes to using pastel pencils. Because they feel like a familiar tool, it is natural to try to use a sharpener as you would with other pencils. Because the pastel lead is stronger than those used in colouring [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|2 Comments

How and When to use Colour Shapers in Pastel Artwork

Christine has asked me this great question: "How can you tell when is the right or the wrong time to use them when I do my own pictures or your old workshop packs I never know if I am using the right blender?"  Although I [...]

By | March 11th, 2016|Materials & Pencils|1 Comment