Got some time on your hands? Why not try some new art techniques?
Kirsty Rebecca Fine Art gives you some tips on how to use pastel pencils in her video for beginners:
Here’s a tutorial on doing a realistic drawing of a cat using pastel pencils, by Amy’s Arty Corner:
Michelle Cashmore Art demonstrates how to draw a bird with pastel pencils. She uses pan pastels for the background.
Sharpened Artist did a tutorial using colored pencils on Pastelmat paper and discusses the advantages of using non-absorbent paper. He shows how to avoid erasing, and how to layer colors to change them.
All of these artists are using Clairefontaine Pastelmat as their surface. Pastelmat is specially designed for use with pastel sticks, pan pastels, and pastel pencils. The textured surface allows you to lay down color easily, with no need for fixative. Pastelmat works great with watercolors too, allowing you to layer media.
Clairefontaine Pastelmat is available in a variety of sizes and colors from Dick Blick and other fine retailers!