I hope today’s video will be an encouragement to you….I hope today’s video will be an encouragement to you….I know a lot of us struggle with just trying crazy new things without fear. But the best way to learn and grow is to step out – and maybe watching do wacky things will stoke your courage!

I don’t have much to teach in these four drawings, since I don’t know pastel very well – but I was so curious about all the different papers. So over the last 6 months I’ve been collecting pads of different ones….and it was now time to test!

Severak of this week’s pieces are for sale; I’m framing the big chick face for me!

PS I’ve got a birthday coming up this weekend. So I’m giving myself one of these drawings – the big yellow chick is at the framer’s!


Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

The papers:

First up is the least expensive of these four, UArt Premium Sanded Pastel Paper Pads . I really did like it, but be aware the minimum price on any of these is pretty high – $3.10 for this one on the day I checked, for a 9×12″ piece. It comes in either black (charcoal actually) or a neutral, and you can get it in sampler packs like this one so you can try out a variety of grits.

Next up is the Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card Pads which I liked a lot – very nice surface and a pleasing touch to it. Pads can be bought in a mix of colors which is nice. I still have no idea why it’s called “card” but whatever, eh?

The Sennelier La Carte Pastel Card Pads were a disappointment, but – I do have to accept plenty of the blame myself. I’m a noob! So maybe I’m missing something. I’ll be trying it again, but for now will set it aside as I try to develop whatever my style is in pastel.

I think the most pleasing of these was the Ampersand Pastelbord – but being over $10 for one, that is a lot of why! It’s a hard surface too, so needn’t be handled as gently or taped down to work with it. This is the one I’m getting framed for myself!


In case you missed the chickies all week, here’s the list!


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