If you haven't used PanPastels before, they are simplest to explain as a type of chalk called pastel. They are a soft refined pastel pigment powder that is compressed into a jar that seems almost creamy. However, the binding agent used in these pastels is unique in that the dust content from usage is extremely low, while the pigment is a higher artist quality. The price point is initially higher, but their longevity helps even the score. You can use these with a variety of tools & products, but the Sofft Tools are my favorites...besides using my fingers. They apply like a paint, but don't need any water. Oooo, and did I mention clean up is a breeeeeze. Keep an eye out on my blog, as I'll be sharing more about these little beauties, including tutorials & videos -- hopefully in the new year.
Regarding today's mixed media page: believe it or not, this page layout is super simple to complete -- you're basically just working in layers.
1. The complete background is a light dry wash of PanPastel.
2. Randomly stamped with several TH stamps using VersaMark. I lightly went over the stamped images with a slightly darker pastel shade. (TH stamp sets: Shabby French, Reindeer Flight, Letter to Santa)
3. Sprayed Krylon's Workable Fixatif over the pages and let sit a few minutes until dry.
4. Stamped the Angel & Joyful Christmas (TH Joyful Song) again with VersaMark, and heat embossed using Ranger's Chinese Red Antiquities, and Stampendous Aged Silver (I love the tarnished silver look for this page).
5. Using black Archival ink I stamped the Wise Men. I didn't apply too much pressure to the stamp so that the image would be somewhat mottled.
That's it. Most projects & page layouts can look overwhelming to re-create when you first see them. But if you break it down by layer, it really makes them very do-able.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your day is beautiful! Lisa