How to use Pan Pastels to make Aged Background

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This article is written by Tamara Dinius

Here we’ve taken canvas panels or water-colour paper to create this cute wall hanging.

Pan Pastels for aged background

This video will demonstrate the use of Pan Pastels and rubber stamps to create an aged background for use in your mixed media artwork.

 

Here is a snap shot of the background with the first few layers

Pan Pastels for aged background

And here we’ve added the stamping:

Pan Pastels for aged background

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Tamara Dinius lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and chocolate lab. She has two grown daughters who make her life meaningful. They support her, ground her, embrace her, and are amazing people in their own right. Her love for mixed media has taken over most aspects of her creative journey. She believes mixed media allows for a broad range of styles and anyone can find success in this form of artistic expression.

You can find more of Tamara’s work, and on her website countrycraftersusa.comEtsy shop,  or via her Facebook

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Handmade Greeting Cards with PanPastels

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This article is written by Michelle G. Brown

It’s the time of year again when I need to whip up some handmade greeting cards for Mothers Day. As I have such fun playing with this Versamark resist and PanPastels technique, I thought it would be prefect for this year’s cards.

Card background with Versamark ink and coloured with pan pastels

Materials for Handmade Greeting Cards

Strathmore Mixed Media or Bristol paper

– Large stamp here I used Hero Arts Hexagons S5667

Versamark ink

– Pan pastels 280.5 Orange , 680.5 Bright Yellow Green and 580.5 Turquoise

– Range of Sofft Art Sponges

– Stencil L238, designed by Michelle Ward, by Stencilgirl

Spray workable fixative

– matching coloured card

Archival ink Black

– 2-sided tape

Instructions for  Handmade Greeting Cards

1. Remove a sheet of Mixed media or Bristol paper from the pad

Versamark ink and pan pastels

2. Using Versamark ink, stamp large stamp image around paper

Versamark ink and pan pastels

You can just see the design here

Versamark ink and pan pastels

3. Place the stencil over the stamped card and secure with masking tape

Versamark ink and pan pastels

4. Using a light circular motion with the sponge, add a little orange PanPastel onto the card, going over the stencil.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

Then the magic happens – the stamped pattern appears!

Versamark ink and pan pastels

5. Add the green and blue. Keep adding color slowly until you are happy with the result. You can blend the edges between the colors to fade out any sharp lines. I like using the lighter color (the green here) to blend the transition between the colors.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

Versamark ink and pan pastels

6. Carefully remove the stencil

Versamark ink and pan pastels

7. Spray with a workable fixative.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

This step isn’t mandatory but I hate stuff rubbing off, so I live using this spray. It only takes a few minutes to dry.

8. Find matching colour card to be the base of your card. Here I have chosen an orange, a green and a blue. This card is 210mm x 148mm, folded into A6 (148mm x 105mm)

Versamark ink and pan pastels

9. Using my paper guillotine, I cut the colours background to fit onto the card (138mm x 95mm)

Versamark ink and pan pastels

10. Stamp greeting with black ink and edge the background card. Set aside for a minute or two to dry.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

11. Use 2-sided tape to stick the two layers together.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

I also had a play with a few other colors and mixed and matched the greetings and background card.

Versamark ink and pan pastels

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Michelle G. Brown is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her knowledge and techniques with you to allow you to express your own creativity. Michelle understands that many of us have an inner need to create. By learning a few basic techniques the amazing world of mixed media art is accessible to everyone!

Michelle lives with her husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia. When she is not creating or on Facebook, she’s at karate training. Just to make sure she’s properly busy, she has also adopted the From Picture to Page Scrapbooking and Papercrafts Show

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Disclosure: Some of these PanPastels were supplied by Colorfin and some were bought with our own money.  All opinions are that of the MixedMediaArt team. Some links on this page may be affiliate links and any purchases help to support the ongoing work by MixedMediaArt. 
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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 http://www.panpastels.com

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…

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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 terrisproul.blogspot.com

art journaler Terri Sprouls

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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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Aged Background using Pan Pastels

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This article is written by Tamara Dinius

Here we’ve taken canvas panels or water-colour paper to create this cute wall hanging.

Aged Background using Pan Pastels

This video will demonstrate the use of Pan Pastels and rubber stamps to create an aged background for use in your mixed media artwork.

 

Here is a snap shot of the background with the first few layers

Using Texture Plates to add dimension

And here we’ve added the stamping:

Aged Background using Pan Pastels

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Tamara Dinius lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and chocolate lab. She has two grown daughters who make her life meaningful. They support her, ground her, embrace her, and are amazing people in their own right. Her love for mixed media has taken over most aspects of her creative journey. She believes mixed media allows for a broad range of styles and anyone can find success in this form of artistic expression.

You can find more of Tamara’s work, and on her website countrycraftersusa.comEtsy shop,  or via her Facebook

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