Well, well, well....look who's back. :) Yes, my friends it's Lisa. Ha! I guess you just can't get rid of me THAT easy it seems.
I'm here today to share a little project using a fave product of mine - the PITT Pastel Pencils. These pencils are really gorgeous. They blend like a dream, I tell ya! They are lightfast and archival, they aren't messy like chalk can be, and the leads are glued the entire length of the barrel to prevent breakage. I know I sound like a salesman here, but they are really wonderful. Wait til you see how easy they are to use...
1. I stamped my image which is a LARGE Donna Downey stamp. I stamped only part of the stamp onto watercolor paper, which wasn't necessary I just wanted the texture of the paper.
2. I usually select (at least) two Pastel Pencils to color everything. Just to create a little depth and dimension. In the below pic I'm working on her hair with brown and red pastel pencils. I use the blending stump to blend the colors (or my finger!) and a good quality eraser for mistakes. ;) Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft has the Perfection Eraser pencils available that work like a dream in THIS tool kit.
3. I worked in a counter-clockwise type fashion so her skin was next. This was a bit hard for me. I didn't want her to look washed out, but I wanted her to look like she actually HAD skin-tone. Does that make sense? Getting the right color combo was tough, but I think this works.
5. I just kept working with two colors at a time with her entire face. Her eyes are a combination of violet and blue. Her lips gave me the bliggest problem and at one time she looked like Michael Jackson (don't ask). I was really pleased that in the end it all came together. Sometimes you just have to keep messing with colors until it looks like way you want it to. These pencils are VERY forgiving.
6. On the edges in the above photo I blended two colors of pastel pencils and then on the very edge I added Metallic Mint Gelato for a touch of shimmer. I then outlined her lips with a PITT Artist Pen in Pink Carmine (127), applied a light layer of Gel Medium (lip gloss - LOL!), and once dry I finished it off with Stamper's Big Brush Pen in Deep Scarlet Red (219). I also whitened her teeth a little with the Stamper's Big BrushWhite Pen. Who doesn't like having a bright, white smile?
The brown "spots" on her face are from the stamp. I'm calling them her freckles. :)
I hope that my little tutorial explains the Pastel Pencils a bit more. These are a product that should be set with some sort of fixative after completion. I used Krylon Workable Fixatif, but I'm sure there are many other way you can set it.
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful weekend. My best to all of you always.
Supplies: PITT Pastel Pencils - Neutral Pack, Red/Yellow, Blue/Green, GRIP Triangular Sharpener, Gel Medium, Essentials Tool Kit, Stamper's Big Brush Pen Deep Scarlet Red (219), Stamper's Big White Pen, PITT Artist Writing Set Red/Yellow (4 ct),
Stamp: Donna Downey - She Is an Artist