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PanPastels 101

PanPastels... Do you have them on your desk yet?

If yes, we know you love them, don't you? ;) Then feel welcome to look around among all the beautiful inspirations presented today by our lovely Tusia!
If not... watch out! Once you try, you may fall in love with a new supply. ;) And Tusia is here today to explain how they work and how endless the creative possibilities are!

Today I would like to share with you some information about PanPastels. Below you can find my video about creating backgrounds with PanPastel.
For those of you who are not familiar with PanPastels - they are dry pastels which are blendable (this is a huge difference comparing to other dry pastels). The colors are extremely rich.
PanPastels come in flat, clear pans with a lid - you can stack them up or use special trays and you always see their colors.

PanPastels comes in basic colors, tints, shades and metallic. In Mixed Media Place store you will find a wide range of tools dedicated to PanPastels - once you use wonderful PanPastel Sofft Art Sponges, you will never use anything else to apply PanPastels.

Enough talking :) Now it's a time for the video. :)

Here is an example of layering PanPastel colors:

I have used 4 different colors with Sofft Art Sponge and different stencils.

Finished layout:

The colors blends wonderfully - see below on the tag (the background was also created with PanPastels).

Colors can be vivid or very delicate:

You can customize chipboard or paper - like I did on the card you see below. I have covered with PanPastels all the chipboard pieces and papers (from Cold Country collection).

Below I have covered the blank white primed canvas with a PanPastel - 430.8 Magenta Tint. I have used a PanPastel dedicated sponge which is very soft and perfect for using with PanPastels.

Then I took Heavy Gel Medium Gloss, Tim Holtz Tissue Paper and Crystal Mortar paste.

I tore some tissue paper pieces and glued it down using Gel Medium. Then, I covered some areas using Crystal Mortar paste. 

Finished canvas:

You can use PanPastels not only directly on paper - you can also use white or clear gesso as primer. PanPastels work great with Gel Medium. 

The honeycomb was created using Heavy Gel Medium, and the circles using white gesso (before applying PanPastels):

Finished art journal page:

PanPastels are a mess free way of adding some color, shading, creating backgrounds or even painting. You can find many tutorials on youtube.
I hope I encouraged you a little bit to give PanPastels a try! :)

Have a great day!
Tusia Lech

Are you feeling inspired?
Do your fingers itch to play with all these delicious colors? :)
If so, we come with a little treat for you...
Beginning today (June 11th) we are having a Pan Pastels Week in our Mixed Media Place store!!!
It means that 'till June 18th we offer a 10% discount on all Pan Pastels and all the accessories!
Are you smiling yet? :)

The only thing for you to do is to choose the colors you love and enter this code at the checkout:

Happy creating, everyone!


  1. of course I feel inspired, Tusia has a great 'feeling' for the colors, and pan pastels are fantastic - same as her work <3


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