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Title: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 13, 2017, 02:41:01 AM
Well, I do like the pastel pencils better than the hard pastels that I tried last year.

These are Faber Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils - 36 pack.  Can't say that I really like the colors, but I can get used to them.

I did a couple trial pieces so will post them when I get time.

Here's the third one I did.  Made a mess of the background.  Just did not know what to do.


I hope Dennis's Pastel classes are adaptable for pencils?  I need some lessons.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Mez on August 13, 2017, 07:33:15 AM
Mea that tree looks great! I'd love to give advice on the background... but I have no knowledge to share :-)
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Mysti Vale on August 13, 2017, 12:32:55 PM
Love your tree!  The bunny is a nice touch.
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Happychappy on August 13, 2017, 02:21:34 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, your tree is fantastic and once you get used to pastels, you will love them for they are so forgiving.  With regard to the background, you could blend it which would be a very attractive background to your focal point.


Patricia
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 13, 2017, 04:48:54 PM
OK, Patricia, I will see if I can blend it.  It does look too streaky.


aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 13, 2017, 04:53:06 PM
Thanks, Mez.  I will watch a few of Dennis pastel videos to try to improve my backgrounding.

Thanks, Mysti.  I love rabbits.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: BarryC on August 16, 2017, 09:52:50 PM
That is very good mea. If you do everything in pencil, they will be eaten up fast, and they are expensive. Background can be quickly done with soft sticks, or better yet, pan pastels, saving those pencils for the details.
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 16, 2017, 10:52:35 PM
Thanks, Barry.  I get what you mean.  I have some pastel sticks that I can use for backgrounds for now.  Don't want to invest a lot until I am sure I want to use pastels more often.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Val on August 24, 2017, 12:15:10 AM
Nicely done Mea. Here's Lesson #31 Old Doorway. I'm sure you'll be able to get through this one a lot quicker than I did. It is all pastel pencil and will really give you a chance to test out and try different techniques with your pencils.

http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=7388.0 (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/index.php?topic=7388.0)
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 24, 2017, 12:33:48 AM
Thanks, Val. Oh, I remember that one -- the doorway of 1000 stones!  OK, I will give it a go fairly soon.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Abbietaya on August 25, 2017, 09:51:37 PM
Hi mea,
Nothing wrong here! Nice touch with   rabbit  :clap:

I agree the best for backgrounds are soft pastels or perhaps a watercolour /acrylic background. pencils are expensive and all too soon are gone! As for hard pastels i have learnt to use these solely for  fine detail or if using velour Paper, using them gently on there side for shading , then gently rubbing into pile, using the layering technique.  Hope that helps. By the way i am using koh i noor gioconda soft pastel pencils, they are slightly harder than faber but still classed as soft. I managed to get a damaged box of 48 from amazon .. check the amazon warehouse deals , they very often have pencils etc reduced because either the tin is dented or the external box it broken. I have never had a damage produce from them. So worth trying.. take care.  :thankyou: :painting:
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 26, 2017, 08:17:06 PM
Thanks, Liz.  I am copying your advice to my personal TIPS folder for future reference.  Thanks for sharing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Abbietaya on August 28, 2017, 11:39:07 AM
 :smitten: :painting: :clap:
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 28, 2017, 05:23:17 PM
Thanks, Liz.  Not sure pastels are my thing.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Val on August 29, 2017, 04:07:00 PM
The soft pastels are much easier to work with than just the pencils Mea. Don't pass them by too quickly. I now use the pencils for detailing and small works. Used together with soft pastel, they are great fun and quite surprising  :heeha:
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Gita on January 21, 2018, 02:22:17 PM
Missed this Mea, would like to see more of these.
Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: MaryAnne Long on January 21, 2018, 05:16:24 PM
No, I haven't used the pastel pencils since I did that trial piece.

Well, I will take my own advice from the newsletter about revisiting an old Paintbasket lesson and do the old doorway lesson that Val suggested.

If I get the wax pastels done in the first half of today's football game, I will do the pastel pencil doorway in the second half.

aloha

mea (the multi-tasker)

Title: Re: Mea Attempts Pastel Pencils
Post by: Val on January 21, 2018, 05:41:51 PM
Any of the lessons can be done in pastel pencil, but the old door is strictly using the pencils. Best of luck  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering: