Like most discoveries, this one happened by accident. I bought a Panpastel in black that I wanted to use dry, with my fingers in life drawing class for shading.
As it also happens often, my younger daughter Charlotte found it and tried it on her painting but with a brush and water, she thought it was paint. I was going to say “No, Charlotte! This is not the way you are supposed to use this.” but then I looked at what she was painting and thought it looked pretty good!
So I have been using Panpastel as paint for the last few weeks in my life drawing class and I love the effects you get. I also love that you can erase any area that you don’t like, or just make it lighter with a simple eraser. Basically it is like paint you can erase.
Here is how it works:
My favourite tools in class are middle toned craft paper, a fine liner, pan pastel, an eraser and a waterbrush. I will also occasionally use a white colored pencil or watercolor pencil for highlights.
You can use the top of the box as a mixing area to make a light grey wash.
You can see that the pastel does not behave like paint, it is more like particules in suspension but this is what will make some great speckled textures in your paintings.
You can use this light wash as a first layer to shade your drawing.
Then to make some areas darker, you can just pick up a bit more pigments with your brush and brush them onto a still wet wash.
You get beautiful speckled textures that way.
They will still be visible once dry.
Now if you see that you made a area too dark, wait until it is dry and you can just lift off a bit or even all of the pigment with a simple eraser. I just love to be able to do that!
Here are a few drawings done using that technique:
Do you have any art supplies you are using not in the way they were intended to be used? I would love to hear from you in the comments.