Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PanPastels & Stencil Girl Stencils=A Fun New Adventure!

I  am new to PanPastels  so I was looking forward to experimenting with them.  The first thing I did (and I recommend this to anyone unfamiliar with them as they are different than traditional "stick" pastels) was go to their website as well as their Facebook page.  There are a number of great tutorials and demos that show how to use them.  There are so many possibilities! 

I was sent 5 colors:  green, copper, yellow, orange, and deep pink.  
I selected two stencils:
Medallions by Jessica Sporn
and...
by Andrea Matus Demeng

I pulled this off the PanPastel website.  86 colors: Oh My!

Here are the PanPastel colors I worked with.  They have a very creamy, low-dust
quality that makes them behave more like paint than any pastel I have used previously.
They are exceedingly easy to blend.

First, I applied pink alternating with orange using the Medallion stencil
and covering the majority of my drawing paper.  This paper is fairly smooth yet does have a bit of "tooth" which helps grab the Pan Pastel.


I really love the effect of the two blended colors as my background for the next stencil/Pan Pastel layer....

I overlaid the Abigail stencil onto the paper.

Using first the copper color I applied the Pan Pastel through the stencil.

Next, I layered pink and touches of the green.   The green gives me a lot of
depth for shadowing and adding a bit of color in the eye region.

Because these colors blend so nicely I am able to create many other colors from my limited palette.


Adding just a bit of shadow to define the cheeks...

Now, I plan to use the bright yellow to define the background from the face.


I am lightly "cross-hatching" the pastel around the head, and also 
working a bit more of the pink from the left edge of the throat.
This creates a bit of "shadow" effect which tells the viewer where the light source is from.


Now, I am lightly brushing the background with my finger to soften and slightly blur
the background.  

I may work a slight bit more pink/green in the left edge of her forehead.  Since
I imagine the light source to be the upper right corner of my paper, I won't need much on the left
side of her forehead as it is closer to the light source.

Here is a detail of her face.


The lovely thing about working with these PanPastels is that I could continue to layer the surface,
if I choose to add more details such as layers of tissue, etc.  There are many possibilities!

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75 comments:

  1. I really like what you did with these products. Your project is very pretty. It looks like you've been working with Pan Pastels forever! Awesome! I would love to win!

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  2. thanks for the tutorial the mixtures of colour, you make it look so easy would love to win thanks for the opportunity

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  3. Thanks for opening yet another new door to future creative possibilities .

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  4. I really like the face stencil! It has given me some great ideas, thank you

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  5. You make it all look so easy! I would love to try.

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  6. Thanks for the colour chart....aren't they intense! I love your choice of stencils...Abigail is gorgeous. Pan Pastels have to go on my wishlist.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Leslie!
    Love the way you layered two entirely different stencils and blended your colors to expand your palette!

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  8. This is a wonderful idea -- and beautifully done! Thanks!

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  9. I love what you've done with the two stencils. Well done!

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  10. Beautiful. Love the shading in her face. The background is shaded so great too. I'm just starting to stencil and I'm enjoying it. Need to get more stencils.

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  11. Your medallion/face turned is so beautiful! I love how you used the pastels even to shade her face. I have and love those two stencils but what I've never tried are PanPastels. You make it look so easy that I now want to try them for myself.

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  12. This girl turned out so pretty. I love the soft patterning around her face. I have only used stencils with other materials, never pan pastels. I just haven't added these to my supplies yet.

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  13. Doing a visual journal with my daughters, we have NOT used pan pastels & stencils YET! Love how the face stencil can look so different on all 3 of our journals. LOVE your work Leslie.

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  14. This is gorgeous!! Love how the face looks combined with the medallions stencil. Just a striking page!

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  15. Wow! She is just gorgeous! Wonderful job!

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  16. Beautiful piece, I love how you used all over texture with the face. Also how you blended in the green which turned into a beautiful color addition. Fabulous!

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  17. I love how you did the layering. I haven't used them yet, but after reading these blogs and tutorials I will be ;-)

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  18. Great Tutorial,can't wait to try this!

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  19. thanks, Leslie - I never would have tried this without your clever tutorial!

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  20. Oh, the possibilities! Can these pastels be used on fabric???

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  21. Wow Leslie! Love your project, especially all the shadowing detail. I haven't tried pan pastels myself but they are definitely on my wish list after seeing this. Thanks, Theresa x

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  22. This is beautifu! I would never have thought to put a face on top of the medallions, but they are perfect. I would love to play with some pan pastels! Jeannie Barnes

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  23. This is completely fantastic! Great tutorial- pinned it for later use!

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  24. This is beautiful! Love the pattern and face together - very cool effect.

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  25. Simple and beautiful. I must add the copper Pan Pastel to my collection.

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  26. Absolutely stunning results with the Stencil Girl stencils and Pan Pastels!!! The choice of colors and the way they can build up color is amazing!!!

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  27. Really beautiful results will have to try

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  28. I just love your stencil/pan pastel creation. I have never used my PPs with stencils so this will be a new adventure for me. Thanks!

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  29. Wow this is amazing! Thank you for the step by step tutorial!

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  30. I would love to try the panPastels. They look awesome.

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  31. Nice look and the best tutorial.

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  32. This is so beautiful! I have a couple of PP but didn't think of using them with stencil. Great inspiration, thanks!

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  33. I love the simplicity of your portrait. Pan Pastels are perfect for use with stencils. I have used them to make greeting cards, love the effect.

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  34. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your techniques!

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  35. I think this is my favorite of the hop.beautiful face

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  36. Love the way you layered the pan pastels to make the face pop! I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much!

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  37. Wow wow wow!! Such a beautiful creation with just two stencils and one medium!

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  38. Thanks for opening yet another new door to future creative possibilities .
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  39. Very interesting way that you layered the face stencil over the patterned stencil. I was surprised at the details you were able to get doing it that way.

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  40. Wonderful tutorial, Leslie! Thanks for showing how to shade the face with these colors.

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  41. Very cool and such a great tutorial!

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  42. Oh what a great idea! I've always been afraid to try pan pastels! Now I can't wait! thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

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  43. Awesome!!! Panpastels are so vibrant and yet so softt. Enjoy using panpastels

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  44. Beautiful use of the Pan Pastels

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  45. I can't believe your new to pan pastels, love the page you did.

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  46. Leslie, You rocked the Pan Pastels!! Its hard to believe this is your first time to use them! Your choice of Stencils worked perfectly for you, too. Gorgeous girl. Enjoyed your tutorial. Thanks so much.

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  47. Your page is beautiful, Leslie! I love that stencil, it's one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your awesome project and techniques!

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  48. Leslie!! Your lady is exquisite!! I adore her and the way you used the stencils and Pan Pastels- WOW! She came out - well, as I said-love love love!

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  49. What a beautiful page. Love this stencil.

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  50. I love how you layered the face over the background with the Pan Pastels! Beautiful!

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  51. I love the layers of stencil and the pattern in her face. She turned out beautifully! Thanks!

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  52. Leslie, what a cool look to this SG face stencil...I would never have thought of that. The Pan Pastels look fun to play with!

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  53. This is one of my favorite stencils. I really like the way the background accentuates the features.

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  54. I love the different way you have taken this stencil! I've seen it used before, BUT I LOVE what you did here! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!

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  55. You certainly used those stencils to your advantage. This looks like lots of fun and those colors are SO intense.

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  56. That's just gorgeous, love the face on the patterned background!

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  57. I am so loving PanPastels with stencils. So many wonderful options :)

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  58. Nice piece Leslie! I've never used pan pastels but they look fantastic! They are on my must-try list. What did you think about the sponges? They look pretty sturdy and look like something else I would like to try.

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  59. Love your colors and the stencils you choose to use. What a beautiful piece!

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  60. What an amazing piece of art! I am getting more and more enamored of Pan Pastels as I watch all of these blog hops. What you have done with this is gorgeous and now I am for sure going to be getting Pan Pastels. They are going to to the top of my wish list. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  61. This is so striking! I love the layered stencils and the Pan Pastels blend so beautifully!

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  62. Ooooh very interesting. Good to see that it is possible to just use a few colours and get such a nice effect. And this is your first effort?! Wow.

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  63. I don't have any pan pastels...yet, but they look like a great thing to use with your awesome stencils!

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  64. Love the effect of blending the two stencils - I wouldn't have thought of doing the face over a pattern but it works so well!

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  65. I absolutely LOVED your project, Leslie! Wow! Those pastels are sooo rich and vibrant in pigment. I really like how you shaded your lady. I do have a suggestion, just for reference: to make it look like the lady is popping off of the page, you could push the background back. (For example, lighten the colors from the stenciling on her face.) That will give you more of a foreground AND background. This helps the two from clashing. Leslie, you're doing great ;) Thanks for the inspirational tutorial!

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  66. I don't have words to describe how beauitiful is this page, I love ti!

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  68. Abigail looks incredible with pattern :)
    I was just talking with some people at Art Unraveled who use Pan Pastel with fabric. Just fyi.....

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  70. I have never used Pan Pastels, but I love what you did with them! They look much less messy than paint sticks. I'd love to give them a try on fabric.

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