Sunday, 24 July 2011

Summer of Colour: Purple

Here's my effort for Summer of Colour - Purple. A practice landscape for my pastel art workshop. I hope there's enough purple in it to qualify for this week's colour theme.


I forgot to mention that this is a soft pastel workshop, and the medium is very different from the pastels that we are commonly aware of such as oil or wax pastels.

Just for fun, I'll share with you snippets from Wikipedia. Maybe some of you know it but there might be some others who could benefit from this.


Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation.
The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process.
Pastel sticks or crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer.
Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanthMethyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the twentieth century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present. They are available in varying degrees of hardness, the softer varieties being wrapped in paper.
Dry pastel media can be subdivided as follows:
  • Soft pastels
  • : This is the most widely used form of pastel. The sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, resulting in brighter colors. The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Finished drawings made with soft pastels require protecting, either framing under glass or spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging.
  • Hard pastels
  • : These have a higher portion of binder and less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material that is useful for fine details. These can be used with other pastels for drawing outlines and adding accents. However the colors are less brilliant than with soft pastels.
  • Pastel pencils
  • : These are pencils with a pastel lead. They are useful for adding fine details.



I'll include another layout I did for MScraps this week, hopefully, to up the amount of purple (in this case plummy purples) in my post.

Boudoir by Laitha
Summer Flavors: Cotton Candy by Busy Bee

I'm looking forward to next week! Hope it all turns out well for me and for you too.


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13 comments:

  1. Loving your landscape in pastels, beautiful spread. Annette x

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  2. Really great landscape and is say definitely enough purple...you are doing a great job of the class if you are only starting it...landscape is something I havent bit done as yet....xxx

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  3. Beautiful landscape and great use of color balance throughout the piece.

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  4. So beautiful. I would give just about anything to be able to paint like that!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous landscape!

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  6. Love your pastel landscape. Very dreamy!

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  7. So pretty! I love pastels as well.

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  8. Gorgeous; I love your view! It is how the mountains do look from a distanct, majestic!
    Well Done~

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  9. Your landscape is wonderful and thank you for all the details.

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  10. This is so soft and pretty. Love how the colors look together.

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  11. WOW - this is so very beautiful! So soft and etherial - and the purples are stunning. Thank you too for sharing the information with us - it was an interesting read. Thank you, xo

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  12. Wow, you pastel landscape is gorgeous!! So soft and beautiful!!

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