A Free Tutorial by Carla Sonheim adding PanPastels to the Silliness!

Mini-Tutorial: PanPastel Critters by Carla Sonheim

I am really looking forward to returning to Art Camp for Women in just a few short months! We will draw and paint using a variety of media — including PanPastels! I fell in love with them over a year ago and have come up with several new ways to use them since then (that I will present for the first time next October).

The following mini-tutorial shows the process of how I created the creatures on the cover of my book, “Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals: A Mixed-Media Workshop with Carla Sonheim.”

Imaginary Animals Cover

Supplies Needed:

3-5 colors of PanPastels (or regular soft pastel will work, too)
paper towel or white cotton rag
ballpoint pen
kneaded rubber eraser
hard eraser (like the end of a pencil)

Pan 1
Using the paper towel or white cotton rag over your index finger, lay down several splotches of one color.

Pan 2
Repeat Step 1 with a second color. Do not try to “make” anything at this point, but just lay down colors fairly randomly (though close together).

Pan 3
Repeat with a third color.

Pan 4 STEP 4
Using your kneaded rubber eraser, apply medium pressure over the whole shape and blend the edges into each other. This will also lighten the colors a bit. (Some of the pastels will adhere to your eraser; simply “knead” it out and it will go away.)

Now, look at the shape you have started. Do you see anything? I kind of saw a bird at this stage, so…

Pan 5

… I took the eraser and “drew” the bird shape in by erasing areas to define the beak, chest, etc. So Step 5, then, is take your eraser and define your animal (or face, house, plant, flower, or whatever else you “see”).

Pan 6

Add other colors with your rag and finger to define it more; add darker areas if desired for shading.

Pan 7
Use your kneaded eraser to back off any areas that are too heavy-handed compared to the rest of the piece, or the pencil eraser to pull out finer details (like the hair on this bird).

Pan 8STEP 8
Outline your drawing with ballpoint pen. Use shorter strokes rather than one continuous line (click to enlarge to see detail).

Pan 9STEP 9
Using more short strokes, add shading. I imagined that a sun was peeking from the upper right corner, and so shaded the areas underneath the bird’s beak, face and chest (which would be in shadow if there was a real light source there).

Pan 10STEP 10
Finish your drawing by adding details such as wings, eye pupils, etc. You might also need to touch up areas around the drawing with your eraser if the pastels have smudged. Done?

Pan Final
Even though your drawing is finished, there are ways you can improve it digitally if you would like to share it online. In this case I lightened the background and made sure the color was even. I used the “clone” tool in Photoshop to touch up some of the pastel remnants (under the bird’s face, for example). I even took liberties with the cropping so the bird was now flying rather than almost sitting.

NOW it’s done!
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Ingrid Dijkers Tutorial – Make A Box Board Journal Cover

As promised a two-part tutorial from Ingrid Dijkers – Making a Journal Cover from an Old 3-ring Binder.

The third video is a short tour through a finished Journal Ingrid made using this method – you may want to watch it first!

Found Tutorials for Your Weekend Enjoyment-Art Camp for Women

Some fun tutorials found here and there on the web – for your weekend enjoyment!

#1 A One-Minute Transfer Tutorial By the Awesome Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

If you haven’t tried this technique you won’t believe how fast and easy it is. Thanks Julie!

#2 A Ten-Minute PanPastel Tutorial by Art at the Speed of Life Pam Carriker!

You will be able to try out the PanPastels in our Art Journaling On-the-Go  class at Gypsy Summer Camp.

#3 Here is a Five-Minute tutorial by Becky Nunn of Nunn Design. This video was made for Michaels so you can try it at home – but remember

Becky is teaching 2 full days October 8-11  at Art Camp for Women Beads and Bangles class. Remember we provide all the tools and materials and Becky has promised to bring LAVISH amounts of her jewelry components for your pleasure!

Win Free Stencils – Jane Girls by Jane Davenport and Artistcellar

WOW – There is a lot going on over at Artistcellar!

First of all – Lori W of Art Camp for Women launches your Monday with her Altered Ledger Journal rendition of the Jane GirlsArtistcellar Signature Artist Series - Jane Girls –>
As part of their Design Team she would love to have your comments.

Then they are having a blog hop  with an unbelievable line-up of artists demonstrating their interpretation of Jane Girls.

Follow through the blog hop and each day you can comment for a chance to win the stencils. Once you see today’s artist Teesha Moore (with a bonus from Tracy Moore) you will WANT these stencils.

Did I miss anything? Hmm – probably… But this ought to be enough to get your juices flowing on a Monday!


Week 2 on the Design Team – Lori W Makes Cards!

Just when I think I know what I’m doing I drop out an important detail. I forgot to post about my Valentine Card demo at Artistcellar . My second week on the Design Team there was not so angst-ridden, but the bar has been raised! Go check it out.

4 valentine cards

Using stencils, Thermofax screen, Gelli plate and a little bit of paint you can make all the cards you want!