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Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

Pan Pastels - Have You Used Them?

Recently I've been trying out a new product I haven't before....I decided to try something new and out of my comfort zone.....they are called Pan Pastels and I do believe I am in love. Such an awesome product and may be my new weapon of choice.....combined with Coloured Pencils of course......my (first love)....I find them to be ideal for portraits

Has anyone else used Pan Pastels? Please share any artwork done with Pan Pastels that you have done....and any tips for working with this particular medium that you have.

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Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

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MM Anderson

11 Months Ago

I just looked them up. Interesting medium. I'd like to try them sometime.

 

Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

I really enjoy the smoothness and how easy they are to blend......I am finding them to be perfect for skin textures and tones.....then I add the more sharp details with coloured pencils......wasn't sure if they are a popular type if pastel and was hoping to see if there were more artists on here who use them. I recommend them.

 

Ed Meredith

11 Months Ago

Thanks Sheena... i just viewed their web pages and i must get some

Never tried them but certainly will now...

 

Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

@Ed Meredith.......Awesome! Please when you do please come back to my thread and share! I am looking forward to seeing more work done by fellow FAA Artists with this product.....
Here is the set I purchased for my first time set.....bought the Portrait set which came with sponges too......I like how they have pre done up kits or you have the option to buy individual colors.

http://www.donnadowney.com/panpastel/sets/pan-pastel-portrait-set-of-20.html

For those who enjoy working with pastels.....these will blow your mind.....or at least they did mine. I've been having a love affair ever since mine showed up in the mail and my coloured pencils have been a tad neglected....but I do like to combine my Faber Castell Pencils with these soft creamy...easy to blend out of this world pan pastels.......like love at first sight......it was like "baby where have you been all my life!"

 

Zeana Romanovna

11 Months Ago

I love using pastels but have never tried these. They look deliciously interesting, but what do you apply them with, Sheena? Fingers or brush? I'm used to soft or hard pastels, and I love ultra soft Schmincke Pastels, so these soft looking pastel pans appeal to me.

 

Loretta Luglio

11 Months Ago

I use soft pastels for portraits and love them. I need to try the pan pastels.

 

Mo T

11 Months Ago

wow...I haven't seen this kind of pastels here in Poland...I have to try ebay or something...Thank You for sharing...def something worth of tryin'...:) btw. Your art is Fab Sheena :D

 

Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

@Zeana the set I bought come with all sorts of different kinds of sponges ( similar to those used in makeup application) I will keep taking pictures and add as I go here. I find these pastels to be creamier and less chalky than the soft pastels (stick form ) that I normally use....almost as if I am applying makeup to the paper....

@Loretta they are so easy to use I don't think you'd regret it but please share your experience if and when you try

@Mo T I was unsure at first but now I am certain they are worth it....the nice thing I found is you can buy individual colours and save money and then buy more if your happy and if you like how they "feel" to work with....invest in a small amount, take them For a spin and if your happy go nuts like I have this past week! Thanks for the compliment :)

 

Zeana Romanovna

11 Months Ago

OOooo, thank you, Sheena. I have to get some now !!! :)

 

Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

Awesome Zeana!

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The Process continues and I love these more and more I use them.
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Sheena Pike

11 Months Ago

So really? There is no one here that has used these......maybe I'm not so "out of it" as I thought .......I am making a conscience effort to try new things and pay attention more to new products because I sure wish I had known about these a long time ago.......but it seems they are not that popular after all.

 

Sheena Pike

10 Months Ago

Lots of work left but its coming together.......
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Anyone who has had Experience with Pan Pastels Please chime in.....!

 

Ed Meredith

10 Months Ago

This piece is looking Great Sheena...

haven't bought my Pan products yet, but will some time soon...

Once again Sheena;... "Beautiful work!!!"

 

Jenny Armitage

10 Months Ago

Yes, I've used and liked them. But I've never done anything with them nearly as sophisticated as your work.

 

Sheena Pike

10 Months Ago

Ed Thanks! Please do share when you do end up trying them out. Would love to share this process with fellow artists....learn from each other....share tips etc. ....
Can't say enough good things about this product......for Pastel Lovers I highly recommend them.

Jenny thats great to hear another member has tried them! Would love to see what you did with them, they are great aren't they?......
"as sophisticated as your work".....What a compliment! Thanks....I am new to these and am still learning but I find them very easy to work with.

Looking to share tips, techniques, art and everything surrounding Pan Pastels as I am in LOVE......and I find they pair beautifully with my Faber Castell Coloured Pencils....a match made in heaven in my opinion.

 

Melissa Bittinger

10 Months Ago

Sheena and or anyone working with pastels,
Do you spray the work to protect? The tiny bit of pastel work I did years ago, when sprayed with a fixative, the colors changed. If you don't spray, how can it be protected for scanning and photographing, etc?

 

Ed Meredith

10 Months Ago

Melissa, i do not use spray for that reason and i have had the pastel medium clump and pill up... did not like that at all... so i keep mine in the raw.

Scanning is risky, but photographing them is no problem i just treat them with care and photo them while they are still attached/taped to the support board.

 

Roz Barron Abellera

10 Months Ago

I like them and have used them in the past but I don't use them anymore because you have to spray a fixative on it and it changes the color. The other option is not to spray it but then if you plan on scanning you're going to run into some problems. When I get a camera and start shooting my paintings instead of scanning I may get into them again.

 

Barbara St Jean

9 Months Ago

I am so excited!! I just received a full Pan Pastel kit for my birthday from my kids.... Ya :-)) 60 colours and all the tools and some beautiful coloured paper.

Never used them before and have been busy looking at the how-to videos.... they look like fun, wanted to share my cool new gift.

Has anyone tried to colour b&w photographs? - I stumbled on a few images on the net and was wondering if there are any artists here that have tried to do this... they look so amazing, with a touch of colour.



Cheers, Barbara

 

Sheena Pike

9 Months Ago

Barbara! Your gonna LOVE them! They are so easy to work with...I combine them with Faber Castell coloured pencils......please share your work here with them good luck and have fun!

Some pieces I just completed ....pan pastels for portraits ROCK!
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Barbara St Jean

9 Months Ago

I love you portraits, that's why I wanted to try them too...

However, for my first attempt I thought I do something easier, so here is my Pan Pastel Rose.... I had a blast today, they are wonderful... can't wait until tomorrow to start a new project....maybe not a portrait yet, but soon I hope.

Cheers, Barbara

Pink Pastel Rose by Barbara St. Jean

 

Barbara St Jean

9 Months Ago

Hi Sheena, here is my first portrait with these amazing pastels!!! I still have a lot to learn but I love using them. So much easier then acrylic paint to blend. I took your advice and tried pencils with the pastels to create the definitions. What do you think???

Cheers, Barbara

Spreading the Seeds by Barbara St. Jean

 

Shana Rowe

9 Months Ago

Wow! Will definitely have to try these! Thanks for sharing Sheena, your new pieces came out great BTW!

 

Shana Rowe

9 Months Ago

Going to follow this discussion so I don't forget on my next supply run.

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Jan Gibson

4 Months Ago

Wonderful! Even the speeded up versions are still clear enough to see what you're doing. I think some artists speed them up way too much.

Thanks for the inspiration!

 

Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago

Yes Loretta that is what I liked about them the most when I first tried them....the smoothness and ease of color....a dream for blending. Glad to hear your trying them good luck and have fun!

Jan thanks for the feedback and thank you for your email and helpful advice...I appreciate it very very much.

 

Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago

I know this isn't the best (kinda sucks I know) I will get better at this -work in progress video- stuff....still learning. Thanks for all the support and encouragement. Many new drawings to come very soon....lots of stuff crammed into this head of mine spilling out. The creative Insomnia has been kicking in and I'm fueled by coffee...ambition and artistic insanity........ that and my kids never let me rest... *pours another cup of coffee*

© Sheena Pike Art
Work in Progress Video Clip
"Sullenly Sweet"

hoping to try some different sponges by Sofft on some of my next drawings. also hoping to do something bright and colourful soon to utilize and take advantage of these pastels…….especially now that I own EVERY colour *happy dance* Thanks Santa buddy

 

Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago


Lost in thought…lost in the artistic chaos within my head. My hands never quite keep up to my mind…it's endless unforgiving torture…forever captured and surrounded by my visions I am a prisoner with a pencil in hand…..then I set myself free.

©2014 Sheena Pike Art
"Sullenly Sweet"
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Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago

Pops into my thread to take a deep breath......*Sheena you must stick to your own thread you MUST stick to your own thread........Why cant you learn woman! To stick to your`own thread!* ....another deep breath. Becasue your a chatter box thats why.......

Lol...theres an echo in here. I think 90% of the posts in this thread are mine. (wow talk about tooting your own horn eh!...sheeesh Sheena get over yourself) Lol......

By request I am desperately keeping this thread alive........but I`ve also run it off the road. Technically this thread is not all PanPastels since I use both colored pencil and PanPastels....but I havent had any complaints yet.

I might do a post soon on different ways to use PanPastels....They are not limited to just drawings. I am a scrapbooker and I have seen this awesome product also be used in cardmaking. Also may explore the color pallet and blending techniques........gotta do something here to keep the interest...I`m just swamped right now. Be back soon.

 

Melissa Bittinger

4 Months Ago

I'm not posting all the time but I am keeping up! Sullenly Sweet - her hair is fabulous, also love how dimensional the pearls are...and that you put pearls in it. Very cool Sheena. Looking forward to seeing more stuff and projects with the pans. I have some 1/8" plywood panels and was wondering about pastels on them with some grain showing through.

 

Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago

Glad to know I'm not talking to myself Melissa thanks for your interest. I working at getting better at doing hair......its something I need to practice. The pearls were a last minute addition...I improvised with this drawing thanks for the feeback. As for the wood I'm not sure how it would go on....interesting idea. If you try it out let me know how it goes.

another video.....Much shorter not as boring as my last one.......hopefully will get better at this (work in progress clips) as I go.

© Sheena Pike Art
Work in Progress Video Clip
"Ivy"
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Sheena Pike

4 Months Ago

Might not see me around as often for a bit. Getting some minor renos and spring cleaning done around my house right now.......also busy with my girls...time is precious.
IVY WIP ©Sheena Pike Art

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Just popping in to say Happy Spring
…… tried coloured paper with the PanPastels today for a quick practice sketch. I liked how this turned out so I may do some more work on coloured paper in the future.
happy spring sketch ©2014 SheenaPikeArt

 

Melissa Bittinger

3 Months Ago

very cute, that looks great on the colored paper. should give you lots of potential ideas!

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Thanks Melissa Yes so many ideas…so little time…as always.

Current project. Hoping to order some Stonehenge Paper soon. I have heard it is more expensive but amazing with PanPastels

IVY WIP ©2014SheenaPikeART
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Tea Series - "Ivy" #workinprogress #wip
PanPastel Colors Prismacolor Pencils

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Janine Riley

3 Months Ago

just popping in to say Hi , & I miss seeing you around.

Awesome work, as always : )

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Hey Janine! I messaged you. miss you too. xo❤️🌺🌹

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Have a video I will post of "Ivy" work in progress , its short but there a quick demo of me using one of the large Sofft brand sponges
©Sheena Pike Art  "Ivy" - Tea Series  Close to completion  Work in Progress

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Note the large sponge in the beginning of the video….it is a brand called Sofft and they have a variety of shapes and sizes available…Please also note I am a BEGINNER with PanPastels…I am still learning and finding my way around this product….I'm sharing my journey but I am no professional so if I have any bad habits or false technique please don't assume that what i am doing is the correct way…..I am a self taught artist I do what works for me and what feels right…..in the end the end product is a journey of trial and error …practice practice practice….no formal training. Also int he second half of the video I Tried something different ….not sure if it was successful but added PanPastel Shading on top of the coloured pencil…..normally I use The PanPastels first then the coloured pencil to add shading and depth but like I said…trial and error.


© Sheena Pike Art
Tea Series - "Ivy" #workinprogress #wip
PanPastel Colors Prismacolor Pencils

Contemplating, searching, longing for serenity she is lost in the warmth of a simple cup of tea, as it comforts and washes away her worries.
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Lindsey Stirling "My Immortal" cover

@Melissa Bittinger I'm keeping this thread alive as requested. I appreciate your encouragement

Note to Abbie / Admin I can close this thread if and when You feel this is too much of a one sided topic since I'm the only posting in it lately….. but at the request of other fellow artists I have continued to post, keeping it afloat. Please understand I hope for more participation in the future and am genuinely excited and interested in this product and what my thread is about this was never meant as a self advertising thread, so I hope it doesn't come off that way. That is the only reason why I keep feeling hesitant about keeping it open….I don't want it to be about me I want it to be about PanPastels and learning about them….wip, techniques, ideas, tips…. etc.



 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Donna Downey is such a cool chick and Artist……Heres one of her demos…..I'm going to do some scrapbooking of some of my daughters pictures and do a crafty project with the Pans…These are so versatile they can be used in many ways. I'm crafty as well so these are a dream. Best of both worlds.

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Been doing Hair Chalking Using the PanPastels I will post a picture when I get a chance.....pretty neat and an awesome way to temporarily color hair for Halloween or just for fun.

One of my current projects below.
PanPastel for her hair and purple areas
Coloured pencil for eyes and sharper details
Grey Cardstock....not liking this paper but going to finish this drawing on it. Trying to mix things up but this paper has a slight texture which shows up more than I wanted... Getting horizontal lines.

©Sheena Pike Art - Malevolent Collection - drawing work in progress

More Tea Series drawings on the drawing board....I will share soon
Also exploring coloured paper with the PanPastels

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

Work in Progress Video #PanPastels

 

Sheena Pike

3 Months Ago

©Sheena Pike ART  Work in Progress  Malevolent Collection  Art video of this drawing on my Facebook Page. <a href='https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=757268747624498&set=vb.504120922939283&type=2&theater' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' style='font: 10pt arial; text-decoration: underline;'>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=757268747624498&set=vb.504120922939283&type=2&theater">

 

Sheena Pike

2 Months Ago

There is still an echo in here! ....

Working on a few more projects ...getting excited about a few upcoming drawings I have been brainstorming....I will share soon. Finding the PanPastels to work best for me on Cardstock smooth non texture ....I don't like any texture on the paper...one of my current projects is on a slight textured paper and as always I am doing trial and error. I am not liking it and will be using that particular paper again.

Also happy to announce my work is being licensed to be made into cross stitch patterns. I am Excited to see my drawings being used for such a delicate craft, it's going to be pretty neat, and I am honoured to be amongst a list of some very well known artists.

Here is a current project continuing my Tea Series.....using white Cardstock smooth for this one...my next "tea" drawing I'm going to try another type of paper....still experimenting with these pastels.

My Oldest daughter Brookylnn Jade is the little girl in this drawing. still haven't named this one. I am really enjoying the blue PanPastel colours with this one...the different shades and tints that are available are beautiful.
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Sheena Pike

2 Months Ago

"Tea in the Moonlight" ©Sheena Pike

 

Melissa Bittinger

2 Months Ago

This one with your daughter is very engaging, a little different from how I see some of your others because this one looks more like peeking in on a real moment and seeing the fantasy, maybe the expanded scene and also her wearing a t-shirt. A modern fantasy moment! Whereas some of the others are more fantasy...maybe?!

 

Sheena Pike

2 Months Ago

Was trying to simulate a Bedtime...storybook feel...in her PJ's........but yes a little less avant-garde and a bit more "in the moment" this series will probably take all different directions as I get bored easily but am liking the whole "Tea" Concept....

 

Sheena Pike

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Sheena Pike

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Having trouble finding a style of paper suitable for both coloured pencil and pan pastel......still trial an error but so far for me I am finding the smoother the paper the better.

Something i have learned using these pastels is that they erase really well ...made some last minute design changes to her....I wasn't happy with her mouth and a few other details..... that's one main thing I really love about PanPastels.......they erase easily......also when doing black or dark hair you can put down the black PanPastel and then use an eraser and erase areas that are highlights in the hair..........

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