Using Pan Pastels in Mixed Media Art

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This article is written by Terri Sproul

Pan Pastels are Artists color pastels with over 80 color to choose from.  Their latest colors include six pearlescent colors.

new colors from Pan Pastels

You can mix, blend, use with stencils, stamps and much more.  These Artists Color Pastels can be used just like you use paint.  As a Mixed Media artist you will not be able to put these Pans down, from Canvas, Art journals and stamping each day will be a new adventure.

pan pastels used in art journal

In the video below, I run through some of the pan pastel features, showing you how they can be stored, as well as showing you some of the techniques you can do with the Pan pastels. Here I have used my art journal but these techniques can be applied to many different mixed media projects.


For further inspiration, you can check out the website for more video on how to use them at

I host a live Art Journal Show on Tuesday nights and here is a video on a page I did using Pan Pastels:


Hope you enjoy my review on Pan Pastels.

pan pastels used in art journal

Thanks for joining me, remember to like us on Facebook CreatingMixedMediaArt and leave me a comment please…


Terri Sproul is a CHA desinger and a Mixed Media Artist with her own line of stamps with Sincity Stamps and own paint line with Sakura Hobby Crafts.  She and her husband have the pleasure of living on Palomar Mountain, in San Diego county.  She is teaching an online live show on Tuesday night on her youtube channel

You can see more of her work at

art journaler Terri Sprouls


Disclosure: These products were provided by Colorfin LLC for the purpose of review. All opinions are that of the MixedMediaArt team.


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Creating Layers Online Tutorial

The Mixed Media Art team held an online tutorial about Creating Layers. We shared some of the secrets in creating depth and richness in your mixed media artwork by working through these three canvases, as well as announcing our new book ~ “Creating Layers in Mixed Media Art” ~ your go-to guide to creating the texture and intrigue into the pieces you create.

these magenta and purple pieces were created for this online tutorial

 Online Tutorial Video

This is a recording of one of the five sessions we held. The video goes for 50 minutes, so make yourself a coffee and settle in!

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Mixed Media Artist – Francesca Albini

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Today we have Mixed Media Artist Francesca Albini sharing two of her journal layouts.  Our Mixed Media Art community is a diverse bunch and over the last 5 months we have shared work from all around the world. Each artist has had different interests, reasons why they create and a wide range of skills.

Let’s let Francesca tell us her story…


I am a visual artist using pretty much every media and tool that exist, from digital painting to 35mm plastic cameras. I especially love using children’s art supplies and anything colourful and interesting. I collage, paint, draw, photograph, to record feelings and memories of places and emotions. I’m Italian, I live in London, UK, with my husband, and I love travelling to warm countries, deserts and oceans.

I’d like to share with you 2 pages from my journals. The first one is a junk journal. I find them a great way to record my travels . I bring with me a hole puncher and some hinged rings, then I collect whatever scrap paper I find, leaflets, pages from books, anything relevant to my travel and I work on that, adding my own photographs, glazes of paint, and text.

Mixed Media Art journal

The second picture is from an altered book. I like creating landscapes with layered found paper and tissue paper. I paint white tissue paper to give it a feel of a grass field or rocks, then rip it with my hands and laminate it with PVC glue.

Mixed Media Art Journal

To see more of Francesca’s  artistic endevours, you can visit her blog:


Thank you for sharing your work with us, Francesca.



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Creating a Mixed Media Art Journal

Creating a mixed media art journal page uses many of the mixed media techniques we have discussed previously. Art journalling give you a chance to bring all of those techniques together to create a piece of art that is uniquely yours.

Start with a book ready for altering, a sketch book or a notebook. Open to a new page and give both pages a good coat of gesso. Remember to be aware of the brushstrokes or scratchings you put into the gesso; these will still be visible and add texture to the finished design, after the paint has been added.

Next add some colour. Here I’ve chosen a green and a purple, both craft paints. They have been added at a diagonal, using first a dry brush, then a wash after the first layer is dry.

Adding green paint to mixed media art journalAdding purple paint to art journal

To tie the two colours together and to “dirty” it up a bit, add a little black paint, using the edge of a credit card to create thin lines.

Adding a little black to an art journal

To add further layers, paint on some tissue paper with matching colours and tear into strips. These can then be stamped and edged with black ink. Glue these onto the page. Ink used here is Brilliance Graphite Black. Stamps are from See-D’s Perfectly Paisley set (#50326).

Adding colour matching layers to add texture to background

Now your page is ready for journalling. I have used a white and a black gel pen of the Uni-ball brand. Both wrote well and dried on the paint. Take care when writing onto layouts; you may need to heat set your writing with a heat gun. Also some pens don’t write well on gesso.

Writing added with gel pens onto art journal

The brilliant aspect of art journalling is that you can write about anything; it does have that journalling aspect to it! Lately I have had the words from Pink’s song “I don’t believe you” going through my head. I have written the words out, as best as I can remember them. And like any song that just keeps going through our heads, I may not have started at the beginning, or finished at the end, or repeated the right bits…. but it is a reflection of the melody that is flowing through my brain.

Detail picture of art journal layers and writingWriting detail in art journal

I hope this introduction to art journalling will inspire you to give it a go. If you have completed some mixed media art work or altered book before, then the step to journalling is taking faith in your handwriting and what you want to say. If you are just beginning, then the best way to learn is to get started, start painting, start stamping, start writing. Only then will your skills grow.

And remember that this is for you, so choose the colours and images you love. You don’t need to share it with anyone. And don’t worry about your handwriting ~ while you may not like it, it is a part of you and that is what we are putting into our journalling.

If it all goes really bad… you can always gesso over it and begin again. But please sleep on it first; you may be surprised how a fresh set of eyes can appreciate your own work much better in the morning!

Happy creating!

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