Hello, Creativity Seekers :)
I hope this note finds you well! Today, I want to share with you some art supply testing.
Creative Art Box generously sent me their November box, and it had Panpastels and a Pitt pen. I thought it was a great opportunity to test out these new supplies!
If you are interested in getting a box of surprise supplies, Creative Art Box is a fun subscription box that will give you that opportunity. :) The last day to order the December box is November 21st.
With my supplies, I decided to test paper types and various mediums.
Panpastels & Papers
I pulled out various papers, from basic drawing paper, to toned paper, to my favorite mineral paper. I tried them all!
I swiped pure pigmented color across each one.
I wanted to see if the pastel would adhere to the paper, how it blended, and how clearly the color showed.
I thought you might like to get a close look at the results.
(If you prefer to see the video, you can check that out here: PanPastels on Paper )
Canson Drawing Paper
The drawing paper took the pastel very nicely. There was very little dust, and the color was bright and smudgable. Thumbs Up.
Artist Tile Cardstock
I felt the super smooth artist tile had light coverage and the blendability was good. I think this is good for layering. Although the panpastel worked, I wouldn't make this type of paper my first choice.
Vellum Finish Paper
A Thumbs Up! You can also see that the Pitt pen writes over the pastel with no problem. The Panpastels are so fine that they do not clog the nib.
Toned Tan Drawing Paper
I was pleasantly surprised by the positive results on the toned paper. The pastel was nice and vibrant. It blended very well. Because of the transparency of the colors, I can still see the paper fibers through the pastel. It was a very nice, soft effect. Thumbs Up!
Linen Cover Stock - Resume Paper
I consider this a special effect paper, and the results make me very happy :) The texture shows through amazingly. Thumbs Up!
Yes! Being a newbie with pastels, I was excited to see the vibrancy of the pigments on black paper. Thumbs Up!
One of my favorite papers, Mineral paper, did not disappoint! I loved the smoothness and the blendability. Thumbs Up!
(please excuse the scratch marks, my cat was having a bit of fun!)
Glossy Cardstock is a NO! I didn't really expect this nonporous, slick surfact to work, but I thought I would show you. It was incredibly bad. Thumbs Down!
Overall, it was a fun test, and I learned a lot. I hope you learned something, too!
Almost any of the papers I chose could be used, depending on your desired effect. I would NOT use the glossy cardstock..saving that for alcohol inks! And, of course, you can use pastel paper.
PanPastels & Mediums
My next task was to test the Panpastels on various acrylic mediums that might be used for mixed media, or art in general.
You can hear my thoughts here: Panpastel & Mediums Test
I had interesting and mixed results with the different types of mediums. Overall, I think your choices really depends on the results you are looking for.
I encourage you to take some time to test out your supplies. It's a lot of fun! In the process, you become more and more familiar with your supplies and how they work.
Go get creating!
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