Thursday, January 29, 2015

I love Pan Pastels!!

Donna Downey posted today about Pan Pastels and her online classes. I had to comment!  I first met Pan Pastels at Donna's first Inspired event in Nov of 2011.  Love at first stroke of buttery smoothness!

One of our many journal pages. So. Much. Fun!
After that introduction I began exploring Pan Pastels online and started taking some of Donna's classes.  I have an art journal full of exploration of this delightful medium from her online classes!
Pan Pastel through a mask over Ranger color wash

One of my favorite lessons  - love the contrast. Don't be afraid of dark darks.
Continuing my exploration by copying other paintings.
Same painting but on differing surfaces.
And by seeing  how Pan Pastels play with other mediums,
(more details here)

including encaustic. See this blog post.

Donna's classes (both online & in person) have given me a foundation and inspired me to pursue Pan Pastels. It was great to walk through the early exploration hand-in-hand, so to speak, with Donna. Great (and entertaining) instruction, detailed product lists, and helpful handouts.

My delight in Pan Pastels has continued as I've introduced others to them while teaching at Marco's Paper, a store in Dayton, OH.
Tease of a previous Christmas class

Learned my love of image transfer from Donna also! Combine that with Pan Pastels
(and Ten Second Studio metallic patina'd paint on the frame) - Heaven!
Oh, And modeling paste :-)
Had to teach how to make those amazing, dimensional hearts!
I hope you'll be inspired to take some, or all, of Donna's Pan Pastel classes.  Jump in! The waters great!


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