Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Pan Pastels mini tutorial

 Pan Pastels are new in the shop and so I thought I'd show you one way to use them to make a background in this step by step project.
The pastels come in little circular pots and are very concentrated pigment that is very low dust unlike some of the other pastels out there. The pots may look a little small but you need so little they will last for ages!
OK, I worked in a journal but the same idea applies to a card......ATC......tag.....whatever! With a small sponge take a couple of swipes across one of the pastels......don't be tempted to rub vigorously at the pastel, there is no need and it only makes dust and wastes the pastel. Rub the colour across the page refilling the sponge when needed.......rub the sponge on a piece of kitchen paper to clean and then pick up the next colour. Repeat until your page is covered and coloured how you like.
 Next take a cogs stamp.....this one is from The Artistic Stamper.....stamp it around the page using a Versamark ink pad........now take your sponge and rub pastel across the stamped area.....the image will be revealed!


 Repeat with the Steampunk Spider image.......... rub the Versamark pad through a piece of sequin waste and add more pastel.

 Stamp the Steampunk Skull image across the page with black ink.....don't worry that it's not perfect......have a couple going over the edges of the pages......

 Use the edge of an old credit card dipped in black paint to add sticks from the skeleton skulls to the bottom of the page......so they don't look like they are floating in mid-air!........

.... stamp the same number of skulls onto white paper and cut out.........just the skull and jaw sections..........

 Glue the cut out pieces over the images stamped on the pages..........now you can see why the imperfect stamping didn't matter too much! You might notice I added some more cogs at the bottom of the page.....I thought it looked a little bare!
Stamp moustaches onto the skull faces!

The finishing touches are cogs added to some of the skull eyes......I also used a cog for one of the spider bodies.......stamp the spider seperately, cut the body to fit the cog, glue in place and add to the page.......finally I added some wire mesh that came from B&Q!

ENJOY!

10 comments:

Helen said...

Love it! Those moustaches are a great touch.

Wendy said...

OMG......see folks, told you it was special.........thanks Sue, amazing work and great tips for those pastels too.

Sarah Anderson said...

those moustaches are FaB!! Such a great idea :)

judith@poppy cottage said...

Fabulous, I loved the step by step and the end product is great! Judith xx

Heavens2Betsy said...

Love the look of these pastels and their ease of use. Thanks for the guide. penny

Willy said...

No pan pastels hier, but Thanks for the tutorial, Sue!

Sid said...

Great stuff Sue, love the look of those pastels too !! Feel a stash 'need' coming on !

Kirsten Alicia said...

Gorgeous pages, I'm going to have to get some Pan Pastels one of these days.

Sue said...

Love this .....

Hels Sheridan said...

Corrrrrr.... thanks for showing how those Pastels work... am thinking... me needs some lol LOVE your journal pages as ever x

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