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Once a Month Art Supply – Chalk Pastels

Chalk Pastels Art Supply @harmonyfinearts

This month I am going to be sharing an art supply that I have historically had a love/hate relationship with as an artist. Let’s just say with the right instruction I have come to appreciate the versatility and the vibrant colors that you can achieve with chalk pastels. A big part of my training has come from Tricia Hodges and her mom, Lucia Hames. They have created art tutorials for chalk pastels that show just how easy and fun they can be for artists of all ages…more on that below.

Which chalk pastels do I use?

Reeves Soft Pastels – set of 36 (ASIN B000UNRNXY)

I have a set of Reeves soft pastels…which I learned that soft pastels and chalk pastels are the same. These are so reasonably priced that you could buy a set for each child because I know when I used them with my kids they would get upset if another person broke their pastel or sort of mixed the colors by blending. I say give each person their own box and don’t let the topic of contention even come up.

I have always used pastel paper with our chalk pastels but I know that Tricia and Lucia work most of their projects on plain printer paper. I would recommend working with both until you figure out which gives you the results you like best.

There have been several chalk pastel projects here on Harmony Fine Arts that I will include links to here in this entry.

I created two YouTube videos for beginning chalk pastel users. These two videos actually go along with my Harmony Fine Arts plans for year 4 but they are applicable to anyone who just needs a little nudge to get started. I hope you find them helpful and give you the confidence to give chalk pastels a try.

Chalk Pastels for Beginners – #1

Chalk Pastels for Beginners – #2

 

 Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Project button

My art co-op class completed a series of Paul Klee projects and the chalk pastel project was one of our favorite ones! Use the free printable activity instructions included in the entry to create wonderful abstract art with your children.  Here is the link to the lesson: Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Lesson and Printable.

Art for All Ages

I have shared some of our art work done after viewing the chalk pastel video tutorials and the instruction in the Southern Hodgepodge ebooks….much can be accomplished by watching and learning from a master artist. Please note I am an affiliate for these products and have received free ebooks in the past for use in my family.

 Dragonfly-Chalk-Pastel-Art-Tutorial

 Tricia did a guest post right here on my blog a few years ago that featured a dragonfly! I loved this one: Dragonfly Chalk Pastel.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

If you have a set of chalk pastels on your shelf, why not pull them out this month and complete some of the tutorials found in the free ebook “A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels” available to subscribers. Follow this link to find out how you can download a copy for your family: Southern Hodgepodge.

But if you really want a good deal, use the discount code CHALKART for 25% off any purchase (including bundles) during the month of December. This is such a generous discount on already reasonable priced ebooks! I highly recommend this product to go along with your chalk pastels….please note that I am an affiliate for Southern Hodgepodge and will receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links found in this entry.

 

You ARE an Artist Curriculum
My favorite chalk pastel resources! I have used these with my young friends and highly recommend them as an affiliate.

Harmony Fine Arts Cyber Weekend Sale @harmonyfinearts

 

Once a Month Art Supply- Prang Semi-Moist Watercolors

 Prang Semi Moist Watercolors review @harmonyfinearts

In November, I am featuring the Prang Semi-Moist Watercolors as my art supply of the month. These are paints that our family has used for many years and are our preferred watercolors for all kinds of artwork.

Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set, 16 Classic Colors with No. 9 Brush
– both the set of 8 and the set of 16 are perfect as a starter set.

Prang Semi Moist Watercolor set of 16 classic colors

I purchased a brand new set of 16 to inspire some watercoloring during the winter months to come.

Edit to add my affiliate link to Amazon.com.

  • Portability! These make taking art projects outside or on a nature walk super easy. Just open add a brush and a little container of water and you are all set.

Prangs Semi Moist Watercolors art projects and review @harmonyfinearts

  • The vivid color you can achieve using these paints makes them a great choice for your art projects.
  • The colors blend and layer well and for mixing you can do that right in the lid of the paint set.

Prange Semi Moist Watercolors art journal projects @harmonyfinearts

  • The price of these paint sets makes them a frugal choice even for children who use lots of paints.
  • Colors in the set of 8: black, brown, blue, purple, red, yellow, orange, green.

Watercolor Sailboat @harmonyfinearts

Watercolor Video Tutorials!

I have purchased many of these sets of watercolors with my own money and I highly recommend them to you and your family.

Watercolor tutorials

If you would like some watercolor tutorials to use with your family, I recommend the series my daughter created a few years ago for her blog.

#1 Flat and Graded Washes#2 Stripes of White
#3 Thick and Thin Lines
#4 Wet-on-Wet
#5 Loaded Brush Smooshes
#6 Rubbing Alcohol Texture
#7 Table Salt Texture
#8 Watercolor Splatters

Once a Month Art Supply- Sakura Metallic Gel Pens

Sakura Metallic Gel Pens Review and Printable @harmonyfinearts.org

 

As a new feature here on the Harmony Fine Arts blog, I want to showcase and review one art related product each month. This month….gel pens!

Sakura Assorted Colors Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set (my affiliate link)
– One of my favorite art supplies that I use over and over….these gel pens never disappoint me!

Sakura Metallic Gel Pens in a Journal @harmonyfinearts.org

The wonderful thing about these pens is the smooth way they glide onto the paper. They have a roller ball tip and this I think is what gives such a wonderful feel to the way they write. I use them in my scrapbook, my art journal, my nature journal, and I even use them to sign my name in greeting cards. They have sort of become my “signature” pen.

The great thing about these pens is that they have archival ink so when I journal in my scrapbook I know that my words are going to last on the page.  You can write on light or dark paper with these gel pens

Doodle Ideas Page from harmonyfinearts.org

Print this page using the link below.

  • I love to doodle and these metallic gel pens are perfect for doing all sorts of fun things to add some style to a page or piece of artwork. The .4mm tip is perfect for writing and making simple scrolls and curvy lines on a page. They also are great for highlighting a sketch and adding a little sparkle to a page title.
  • The package says they can be stored vertical or horizontal which is handy because I like to keep them in a cup on my desk. I also have a set in with my nature journaling supplies so I am never without them when I create a page away from my desk.
  • Depending on the paper, I have had them smear a little if the page is glossy like a greeting card. In my nature journal on mixed media paper and in my scrapbook they don’t smear, bleed, or show through the page.
  • I love that you can use them on white or black paper….handy!
  • I purchased a set of 10 pens for $11.85 on Amazon.com and I have purchased my favorites individually at the craft store for around $1.25 each.
  • Here is the link for the download of the printable doodle page above: Doodle Ideas Page.

I purchased these pens myself…have several sets in my art stash….love them to bits!

Sakura Assorted Colors Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set
My Affiliate Link

 Making room for creativity for older students @harmonyfineartsGlimpse into our creative space and some tips for organizing all the art supplies.

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