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P is for Pastels!

Firstly, the whole window replacement thing was a LOT more mess and disruption than expected. Long days cleaning up 120 years of dust from the sash windows being pulled out, and truly endless cups of tea and coffee took up more time than expected.

Back to the Gelli Arts challenges. I had an idea I wanted to try so I skipped over a few of the ABC Challenge letters to jump right to Pastels. Weird, how we interpret things. When I first read it my mind went to pastel colours – pale, dreamy soft colours, very much not me most days. But I realized it was probably PAN Pastels so grabbed those instead.

I had this feather stencil I got a while back, I think from WISH, and it was a bit big for most things so I grabbed than and a rainbow of colours

I mean, I knew this was going to work in the usual way, obviously, but I also had my pot of mica powder on my desk so…

Both things are dry so I didn’t have a lot of concerns about rubbing the mica over the Pan Pastels, but I still took a bit of care. If I did this again, with this sort of stencil, I think I would take the time to cut out the image to make a mask for the rest of the background, or take even MORE care when smudging on the mica. Still, it turned out pretty cool.

My plate was VERY dirty, so I got a lot of residual stuff pulling up, and yeah, it looks a bit lackluster but, as ever with mica, when you tip it towards the light…

Just not able to truly capture the lovely effect. As ever with these challenges, the first attempts are only ever experiments. But taking what I learn with each one will inform further play.

I have a couple of classes I still need to either begin or finish, and J: Jeans thru O:Oval to catch up on but the house is still not back in order, although the windows are IN. Phew. Probably share a shot or two for WOYWW, where (for the first time in a couple of weeks) I will hope I can fully participate. Might try to squeak in a few visits before then if I can.

Seems weird, sharing such a colourful image on a sombre day. Luckily my important and much re-scheduled Drs. appointment is tomorrow, not today, so it was not cancelled. Phew. Life goes on.


BIG CARDS – 3 of Clubs (pan pastels over embossing)

Phew.  Two to go.

I did say I would get back to Pan Pastels and so I did.  I had played, as you may have seen in a recent post, with Pan Pastels over black cardstock.  I wasn’t happy with the dusty side effects, even when the pastels showed up really well on stamping with Versamark, for example.

I quickly realized I just needed to reverse the process.  Easy peasy.  I stamped on the black cardstock and heat embossed with black


I masked off the center strip and rubbed the pastels over the entire exposed surface. The pastels do not cling at all to the shiny embossing so it still really pops.


The dividing lines are simply the plain background cardstock – I used a magenta and dark violet.


You can see off to the side another colourway I played with.  I like it a lot, and the indistinct areas of colour work well, I think.


For the letters I stamped on the black card and painted inside the letter outline with Twinkling H2Os.


You can see I tried using just the pastels, but they DID dull the shine of the glitter embossing powder more than they did the plain black.

DONE! Very monochromatic (or nearly) but quite striking.  I think you can see from the angled shot, there at the top, that the embossing is still glossy.  The pastel colours are still deep and rich, but not so bright as they would be over white.  I think it is another to play with some more.


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Christmas Card and Pan Pastel technique

I was playing with my Pan Pastels and embossing ink, and it occurred to me that old techniques might actually work quite well with them so I had a go.

I grabbed a few things from my chaotic space – clean up is the order of the day as soon as I get this posted!  Shocking, it is.

Embossing ink, pastels, a scrunch of cling film/Saran wrap and paper. I think you see where this is going….

PPcardTry to get as much of the edges of the cling film out, and not so much large flat areas.


Tamp the wad of cling film on the embossing ink pad then stamp on the cardstock.  Scatter the areas at this point.  Then with a light touch pat on the Pan Pastel.  Once the areas grab the pastels you can rub, but lightly. It’s actually pretty cool at this point – a great art journal first layer.


But carry on.  Tamp on some more embossing ink, filling it some of the open areas, and add a darker shade of pastel.  You can do as many layers as you like.


I tend to try to leave a few white areas then do a last fill-in with the light colour again, so it really shows.


I would perhaps normally stop there but I have been told that people like techniques, sure, but what prompts them to give it a go more is an actual finished project they can see.  So I’ll carry on.  I printed a couple of my printable toppers. They were OK on the background but they needed something to tie them in a bit better.  So I punched a smaller circle and laid that over the printed one and smudged the pastels in just that area.


It does dull the text slightly but not as much as you might expect.


I embossed a swirl on the bottom of the first piece and brayered over some embossing ink, then heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.


Trim to fit your card front and pop the circle.


Simple but effective, I hope.  I think the pan pastels over text is a trick to play with more.  I want to try brushing over it with an ear bud/Q-tip to see if that brings back the crisp intensity of the printed text a bit more.  Also I am interested to see what happens if I print with a light shade then do the pastels over it – will it make the text just a darker version?  Ans how can I use that as an arty technique?

I think this could be quite cool as an ATC background and I def. have to have a play with assorted colours rather than the monochromatic version.

Have a go.  It’s easy peasy.