The very first time Nana taught us a pastel lesson was a little over two years ago, in February 2010. That day, we created one of our favorite subjects: the beach! Funny thing was, she was snowed in at our house. Inches of snow were piled up outside. But inside, we created puffy clouds, an ocean view and a path to that beach…
Nana brought her palette of pastels. Just looking in her box, I can see why she loves it. Why she’s a Master Artist in this medium.
The impromptu lesson took 15 minutes. She opened her box. Taught four children about the layers. The “fisting” and blending. Where to put the purple so it becomes the sunset color in a cloud.
1. First you draw the ground. Just brown. Then mix in a little purple and green.
2. Next is the sky.
Always darkest at the top, then blending lighter as you reach the ground. Layers of color… Color Nana loves. And you can tell…
3. Then you “fist it in”. It just works best that way. Just ball your hand into a fist and use it to blend the colors. See Bubba blending his sky?
4. Now watch this. You can make the ocean with one line.
And everybody gets to be messy.
Look at those colors!
Next comes Nana’s favorite part – clouds. You can tell in how she describes the steps.
5. Draw some light squigglies. And fist them in.
6. Next, add some sunset colors. Purples, pinks.
7. Then, tap, tap, tap, tap in some sea oats. (by turning your brown pastel stick on its side)
8. You might decide to add a path to the beach.
Simply draw your path over your brown and blend the path just a little on the sides.
9. And lastly, pick a color to sign your name.
Thank you Nana!
…for sharing your talents with us. Your love.
Will you please bring your pastels all the time?
Featuring You! You ARE an Artist!
So, paint your path to the beach picture and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @hodgepodgemom on social media, send a photo via the Hodgepodge contact form here or post on the Hodgepodge Facebook page. We will be sharing these via the Hodgepodge instagram or on our Art Tutorials Showcase Pinterest board – or both! Nana will even comment on a few I am sure!
Free eBook and More!
- Get your FREE ebook (with a coupon)! Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art.
- See how you can get started in just three steps! Watch the one minute You ARE an Artist video at chalkpastel.com.
- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in our series, Chalk Pastels 101. A simple set of chalk pastels is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
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Do you see how this very first chalk pastel lesson began our love for pastels?