Oh today is a beautiful Sunday here in the East of England. The sun is shining, the temperature is pleasantly warm and I have been sitting out on the deck all day playing with my latest art subscription box..
The latest box from UK Subscription company Artful has arrived. The box itself is always a work of art, I love how they really tease you right from the outset.
On opening I was super excited. Soft Pastels!!
I already have some soft pastels, hubby bought me some gorgeous Caran D’ache ones for my birthday, and some have come from a previous Scrawlrbox, I am just too scared to use them. I just have no clue how to use them successfully and so I don’t use them, and that annoys me because I know Hubby spent a lot of money on them. I am really really really hoping that this box which has 24 soft pastel sticks and 6 pencils is going to have a great set of tutorials to go with it.
On initial look at the magazine I saw a tutorial and my reaction was “yay even I might be able to to do” so here it is. First ever attempt…
Mr Cat does look a bit demented, or maybe scared. He is supposed to be looking cute and fluffy, but you know what I achieved, so yay go me!
With further looking at the book, i realised they have added quite a few tutorials this time, that makes me happy, they are reasonably straight forward and so I enjoyed the sunshine in the garden and have done them.
Then after that I thought.. oh why not have a go at this weeks college homework with the pastels, in for a penny, in for a pound and all that!
So there we go, a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine, listening to the nature, and podcasts by Shinjini and having some fun with Soft Pastels.
My perception of the pastels has changed. Artful have done a really good job with the booklet this time, I feel I can connect and learn from them. The pastels feel really quite nice. The paper was very textured as its mix media, not specifically pastel paper, so i want to try again with some more paper that’s right for pastels, but I really liked these, they went on well, blended well with my fingers or the paper stump that came with the box. Using the paint brush to brush away / blend them gave a subtler effect. Now I just need to practice a lot more, I think this could be a medium I get along with. its messy, chaotic, unpredictable, in a very methodical way (does that even make sense?). More importantly I need to get those pencils out hubby bought me and use them!
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