Thursday, 9 April 2015

Sing Me A Song

I had a proper play over the Easter weekend with my PanPastels. I've had them for ages now, but have never really gone beyond the dust and dab stage. This is what I came up with.
I wanted to try some stamping and colouring, so I started by putting some blues and greens down on my watercolour paper, then stenciling through my Paper Artsy stencils.
Some more stenciling, then lots of stamping using PA stamps, Versamark and PanPastels.
Next I wanted to try colouring, so I scraped a bit of the PP's into their lids and added a little water.
My silver and gold had had a rough time in transit so had quite a lot of breakage. I used some of this to make quite a thick paste.
They paint on really nicely, and the metallic have a beautiful shimmer, just like a real metallic paint. 
As I was in an experimental mood I wanted to tint some Grunge Paste rather than colouring it when it was dry.
A little paint goes a long way lol.
Apparently it's just like icing a cake (no of course I can't ice cakes!) I just spread it on with a palate knife then made 'bark like' marks with a cocktail stick. I added Onxyite Treasure Gold when it was dry.
You can see the painted PP's here.
And the metallic ones...
Then the sun decided to come out so I took another photograph just 'cos I could.
I'm entering this into the Pan Pastel challenge, Spring Colours,
Paper Artsy which is Grunge Paste,
That's Crafty gold and silver,
and the new challenge blog Stamps and Stencils anything goes, and
Art Journal Journey where we need to illustrate a poem or quotation.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x


  1. So gorgeous and delicate Sue xx

  2. Wow,what a fab page Sue and I never thought of adding water to a little pan pastel dust. Speaking of dust, your poor metallic one....did the postie throw it over the fence or jump on it?!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

    1. Grrr he threw it over the gate :-) x

  3. Love what you have made, and it would be lovely if you would link it to our challenge at Art Journal Journey, too! Hugs, Valerie

    1. Thank you Valerie, I'll do that right now :-) xx

    2. This is fab Sue, love your tree bark and great experiments, TFS your fab findings xxx

  4. Wow.. this is so beautiful and so much clever ideas incorporated !
    Love it!
    Great that you are joining us at Art Journal Journey!

  5. Thanks for accepting my invite - hope to see you there again!

  6. Love it! Especially the bark for your birdy!! Love the colours! Chrisx

  7. This is a stunning journal page. Love everything about it and the wonderful quote


  8. What a wonderful page to add to your journal, Sue, especially with that stitched border (have always love your stitched elements and just yesterday stitched on my first project!!). A beautiful sentiment to top off you Pan Pastels! Nicely done!

  9. oh this is one brilliant page hun just love,love the detail and admire the design and love,the stitching,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

  10. Wow - you really did have fun playing with the PPs, didn't you?! So many ideas and techniques and the finished page is fabulous. Love the softness of the blended background and delicate stamping - and the painted on PP gilding adds fantastic shimmer... lovely!
    Alison xx

  11. Wonderful journal page Sue, love your adorable bird and great techniques with the Pan Pastels!

  12. Hi Sue! This is a very beautiful page with a fantastic design. I love
    especially the tree.
    Mar x

  13. Lovely journal page Sue! Love the blended background and cute bird image, nice bit of texture with the grunge paste branch! Great work , thank you for joining us over at Stamps and Stencils toni x

  14. Beautiful page using your pan Pastels Sue, try adding some of the pan pastels to a little watered down glue and using this as a spritz it works very well and you get some fab effects.

    I do love my Pan Pastels and think the metallic ones are perfect watered down and painted with. Such fab inspiration :-) xxx

  15. Wow what a glorious page!!! I LOVE your tree, perfect!!! And the bird is so cute (don't have this one as I offered this stamps set to a very good friend as soon as bought, but miss it Thanks for all the details of these great experimentations Sue! Bises Coco xx

  16. Fabulous page, the pan pastels do work beautifully and great to see how you've combined them with grunge paste. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x


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