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Video Series: PanPastels – Card #1

PanPastels - Card 1

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Hi All!

Welcome to the first card in my series about PanPastels. I actually got them for Christmas, but I was kind of intimidated by them. I decided to just dive in and I’m very happy I did. They are fun and interesting – different from anything else that I have.

Some people have described them as “creamy”, which makes you think that they might be more like Gelatos. But, they are not like Gelatos at all. They are much more like chalks. I have owned several brands of chalk in the past and I’ve never done a video with them because I didn’t care for them. However, these give you more saturated color than your typical chalk, and they produce less dust. The Sofft tools that are made for applying them are awesome – they make it really easy to use the PanPastels.

I was going to do an official product review video, but as I got into it, I decided that I would discover the capabilities of the PanPastels with you, through the creation of multiple cards. I think it’s more fun that way.

Now onto the first card…

PanPastels - Card 1

I stamped the hearts from the Tim Holtz Watercolor set twice with Versamark ink and colored over the images with the PanPastels. Wow – a lot easier than trying to stamp a rainbow of ink colors and get them to blend anywhere close to this!! I was really impressed with how easy the PanPastels are to blend. Here is a close-up:

PanPastels - Card 1

I hope you enjoy this series! I’ll be back in a week with card #2. Have a great weekend!

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Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
PanPastel panel 3 x 5 1/2 inches 7.6 x 14 cm
Black strip 1/8 inch 3 mm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm

Supplies:

PanPastel colors used: Permanent Red, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow, Permanent Green, Ultramarine Blue

PanPastels
PanPastels
DB|AMZN
Tim Holtz Butterflies
Tim Holtz Butterflies
BLSY|SSS
You Die
You Die
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
EH|SSS
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
EH|SSS
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
EH|SSS
MISTI
MISTI
EH|S.COM
MISTI Corners
MISTI Corners
EH|S.COM
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Tweezers
Tweezers
EH|SSS
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Connie

    Well, Darlene, the jury is still out. But, I like what I see so far and loved your card design as always. My main concern with the pastels is messiness. When I had a craft room, it didn’t matter so much. But, now that we’ve downsized, I have to be more careful. It looks like these pastels are manageable though. And being able to erase them is an added bonus.I can hardly wait to see your next cards in this series. Thanks so much for educating us to this new medium for card-making.

    • wrote on May 21st, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Jennifer Stark

      Hi Connie….I’ve used Pan Pastels. They’re really not that messy. They blend like butter….they’re not like chalk. I use them on paper and making mixed media pieces.

      • wrote on May 22nd, 2017 at 2:15 am

        Connie

        Thanks Jennifer. From all reports they are fantastic to work with. Since I prefer to mix my own colours to make new interesting blends, I was told by an artist friend that the 20 colour set of one colour group was a waste of money as some colours are repetitious. I was told I t’s far better and more cost effective to buy three 5 colour sets: Shades, Pearlescent, and Metallics. You get plenty of soft tools with each set. And a clear empty palette is good to buy where the Individual pans fit because it makes it easier to use the pastels. I also was told to buy white separately and maybe a colourless blender. You can buy these from Amazon. And for my friends Down Under, Amazon has the best prices of pan pastels anywhere including Ebay. I was also told a fixative was good for using when layering colour and gesso clear liquid provides good tooth before laying down the colour. Fixative and gesso are readily available on Ebay at better prices than specialty and art shops online. Hope this information helps others as it helped me!

  2. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Judy Hollers

    Thanks for using Pan Pastels! Love this card and the tips you gave us. I am looking forward to the other videos in this series. Thank you. –Judy

  3. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene! I loved your tips and tricks you gave as well using Pan Pastels. Hugs, Brenda

  4. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Connie

    Hi Darlene! Would the 5 set of the basic colours: red, violet, green, blue, yellow be sufficient to replicate the cards in your series?

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      darlene

      For this card, yes, and maybe the next. The last two require multiple shades of the the same color.

      • wrote on May 23rd, 2017 at 1:29 am

        Connie

        Thanks Darlene. I’ll see what additional may be required when you get to cards 3 and 4.

  5. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Dayse

    Wow, such a different medium altogether, like the blending ease. I don’t have these but will make a decision after the series. I’m not a huge ” chalk” type fan but these could be something I get interested in.
    Thanks for a fabulous card technique.

  6. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    danielleb

    Hi Darlene,

    Such a great card. Do you think that other chalk pastels could work for this effect?

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      darlene

      Hi Danielle. To be honest, I don’t know. You’ll have to do some Google research. I would guess that it depends on the brand.

  7. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Carol Mac

    Wow these look really neat! Did you heat dry the versamark or let it air dry? I don’t believe you mentioned it in the video. Can’t wait for the next installment!!😎

    • wrote on May 22nd, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      darlene

      I didn’t heat it or let it dry – I applied the PanPastels while it was still wet.

  8. wrote on May 19th, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Glenismaree

    Darlene, I have to admit that I was somewhat apprehensive about the word “pastels” which conjured up “mess” but I am over that now and ready to have a go. I love the card and so looking forward to seeing what else you come up with. …hugs

  9. wrote on May 21st, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Jennifer Stark

    I am so excited about this video series, My friend has a ton of these and I’ve been playing with them!! I really love the pan pastels…..thery’re so creamy and give rich, vibrant colors.

  10. wrote on May 27th, 2017 at 3:48 am

    candida2005

    I am interested in the Distress Oxides for blending to make backgrounds but these Pan Pastels seem even easier! I wonder what they are like to stamp on?

    • wrote on May 30th, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      darlene

      They are actually a little slippery. I will stamp on them in card #3.

  11. wrote on June 7th, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Caly

    oh goodness, Darlene! I just spent a lot of money on Daniel Smith watercolors but now I want these! LOL!

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