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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Chalk pastels #1 Introduction

    • 2. -Chalk pastels The paper

    • 3. -Chalk pastels The pastels

    • 4. -Chalk pastels Fixing your pastels

    • 5. Chalk pastels 1 The drawing

    • 6. Chalk pastels 1 The chalk pastel project

    • 7. Chalk pastels #1 Conclusion

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Enjoy creating a new art project in minutes.  Chalk pastels are easy and fun.  With just a few strokes, you can have a project done in one evening......  Maybe even two projects.  Chalk pastels are also colourful and bright. Join me with this easy project of a simple sailboat.  Learn the basic techniques of chalk pastels.  Also known as soft pastels, chalk pastels are perfect for the novice wanting to create something quickly and easily.  The easy step-by-step format leads you through the project from beginning to end.  This no-fail project is for anyone who loves colour and mark making.  This project is to give you a taste of what you can do with chalk pastel.  


Learn the basic techniques of chalk pastels.  Also known as soft pastels, chalk pastels are perfect for the novice wanting to create something quickly and easily.  The easy step-by-step format leads you through the project from beginning to end.  Tips and advice follow along the way.  This no-fail project is for anyone who loves colour and mark making.  This project is to give you a taste of what you can do with chalk pastel. 

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Chalk pastels #1 Introduction: Hi. Welcome to chalk Pastels. Number one. Here. We're going to start with a very basics. I'm going to explain everything that will do, and we're just gonna have a lot of fun. You'll see chalk pastels are easy there fast, and they're so much fun. So keep on listening and I'll give you even more tips on how to use chalk. Pastel. This is the project. A very simple seaside scene. As you know, I have lots of qualifications you can read them after. But remember what I present here is very simplified and covers on Lee the basics of the technique. See you in the next video. 2. -Chalk pastels The paper: welcome back. Choosing your paper now. Pastel paper comes in a variety of sizes and colors, and for those projects, and for most beginners, you can use construction paper again. The same theory applies by the best you can afford and that the results will show the difference. You really do get what you pay for. Now, watch this video and see what pastel paper looks like and at the same time what you do with it once you get it. So here's a sheet of paper becoming a fairly large size, and then all you have to do is to fold it and tear it to the size you want. You can use scissors, but most artists what they do is they tear the paper. They like to see that Dekel edge. Somehow it's a little more artistic, so you just fold and wrap the edge if you need to, and then gently tear the paper, see how easy that is and it doesn't take long. It's the right size, so I want a certain size. I'm going to fool that one just a wee bit smaller on one side and larger on the other. Now there's a certain size I like just for demo ing, and that's what I'm going to tear it to. So now I have my size that I like. And one side is pebbly and the other side is smooth. You can choose the size you like. They come in all kinds of colors. These papers I have my sketch paper and my paper that I'm going to do the work on. 3. -Chalk pastels The pastels: choosing your soft pest tales. Pastels are made up of chuck pigment, which means the color that you see and binder the pigment. Coach Schmidt is very high. That means there's a lot of pigment in there. What you see is what you get color wise. So watch this video. I'll talk about a few other things. So here's the chalks. There's different kinds. There's very soft ones, like the ones on the left and on the right. You have very slim but harder ones. They're very good for making sharp lines and defining areas. Personally, I prefer the soft ones so you can get all kinds. There's different brands and different prices just by the best you can afford. Even student grade is often really nice when you're just getting started to see if you really like this medium. Now, if you have to choose between one or the other, get the soft ones. They're really good, and they're perfect. For about safety is important with ease. They staying absolutely everything. So make sure that when you're working with the pastels, you're working in an area that is easy to clean and well, vantage styles are really nice, so you could make different kinds of lines medium line with the with the pastel, a skinny line with an edge and a very wide line with the with of the pastel. Now, most of the time I actually break up these pastel so they're smaller and easier to handle. So do that, too. So with the hard ones, you get a sharp line, a medium line of sharp line and the wide line. And when they're large like that, see how hard it is to actually create that line. You can also buy individual colors, and just to show you they're sort of in between the hard ones and the soft ones. But they create a similar kind of lying for the next project. I just bought the colors I needed. So you can do that in case you don't want to buy a whole box just by the ones you need, go by the box that you prefer, and then we'll see you in the next section. 4. -Chalk pastels Fixing your pastels: fixing your pastels by fixing, I mean stopping them from smudging because chalks are really easy to smudge. You've probably noticed that. And if you love your project, this is a way to keep it safe. So let's watch the video. Here's hair spree that's one of the ways you can fix your pastel Onley have to do is just spray it on. There are a few drops, and it's scary at first, because when it's wet, it looks like you've messed up your pastel. So I'm just going to show you, um, one side done with Hairspray and the other side done with a special spray. No, my hair spray bottle seems to be stuck. I haven't used it for a long time, and here we go, see how it's scary when you spray it on. Looks like you've messed up your whole drawing, but once it dries, it'll be okay. The other is to use a special fixative. It's called retouching fixative, and even though you you fixed your pastel a remember that you can keep drawing on it if you want. So here I spray and you can see the spray is more even. Now. The downside of the commercial spray is that it smells really bad, and it's better to do outdoors rather than indoors. The other option is to just put your pastel up on the wall and let the humidity fix it itself. I live in a dry climate, so I can't do that. I would have to leave my postal up for months, but that's your options. See you in an expert. 5. Chalk pastels 1 The drawing: the drawing. Since this is the first project, we're going to keep the drawing very simple. Remember, simplicity is the key and the basis of most artwork. Take your time to do the drawing, and this is a step where you can erase and get it just right away like it. So let's watch the video and watch the steps. Now this is the drawing the example, and then we're going to draw a new one so that you can learn exactly how to do it and then the example. At the bottom. You can see it's very easy. There's only three colors, so you can do this. Don't worry about it. So we'll switch the project around so I can see it better and get a fresh sheet of paper. Now. The first step is just the horizon line, and it's not even very straight because it's weaves. And then a curvy lying on top. No, for a second, curvy line for the boat rectangle that's a little lopsided now, the hardest part, one straight. Lying for the mast. There we go. We did it. And now for the sales. So that's just one curvy line. Another curvy line one more. It's a lot windier in this picture than it was in the original and then a few more waves. And that's all there is to this drawing. It's really, really simple. Now you're asking yourself, how do I get this drawing onto my paper? Pastel paper. Now, that's really easy. Here, you can fix anything you like. This is the step where fixing is allowed. Then you switch your paper around and you start to just gray the background with your pencil just like that. Now my pencil needs work, so I think I'll just we'll be. It looks like I should sharpen it, so I will. Now here we go. One sharp pencil gets the paper nice and gray. Here we go. All you do is scribble. No, a very hard. So you scribble wherever you did the drawing. And that's so you can transfer the drawing after. So wherever he put line, I gray the background. Then here's mine paper. You choose the side you want. I'm kind of fussy, like a certain side of that paper. And then you put your drawing on top and you're trace. What will happen is the pencil will transfer onto your pastel paper, and then you have a drawing the exact drawing that you did on the white paper. It's wonderful. It's a great technique when you want to get the drawing just rate, and it's not a very good idea to erase on this pastel paper. It wrecks the surface and makes it hard for the pastel to adhere to the surface. So this is a great technique when you're doing pastels, you couldn't draw straight onto the pastel paper, if you like, or you conduce a drawing this way. So once it's transferred, it's very, very think, and I could see it when I was there. But it's really hard under the camera lights, but it doesn't take long to retrace all those lines. It's just a matter of seconds. So you just retrace everything. Here is the boat Now the wave and the other waves. See how easy it is. It's actually there. It's hard to see with the camera, and this way it makes it a little stronger for you to see. As I demo this project in the last waves and the drawing is done and you're ready. So do this step now and we'll see you in the next section 6. Chalk pastels 1 The chalk pastel project: the next step. Step by step. It's the key. Remember to do one color other time. This is actually the whole projecting itself. So just relax and have fun. I'll show you how it's done in the video, so keep watching. So here's the drawing, and that's what we're going to do. We're going to add three colors, plus maybe a little black. So we're going to start with the sun. Oops, I'm having a little trouble with my edges. Solder, pointy. Part of my chalk that I used to draw with was cracked while I was drawing, and it left a little edge like that. So here's a trick. You take a brush and you brush around and you can take most of that pastel off here in this case is going to create a little glow around the sun, and I like that. So maybe this is one of those happy accidents, and we'll save that. Oh, the sun's getting bigger, so not bad. Just tweak it a little bit. Now, remember that it's not a good thing to blow on that chalk. The important thing is for you to just tap it on the paper underneath your drawing or your pastel, Um, once that dust gets in your air air circulation in your home or in your studio, it's not a good thing there. Too many people with dust allergies now, and you want to keep that to a minimum. So what you do is you just tap it onto the sheet underneath your pastel drawing, and then what happens is you just throw out a little the piece of paper after that way, no air and no dust gets into the year. So while I was telling you down, I didn't wanna drawing. So ah, yellow boat, A little bit of white for the wave, a little bit of orange. Now we're going to add a little white on the top wave, and we're going to on Little Orange after that. Notice how I use my pastel. Sometimes I used the edge, the pointy part. Sometimes I used a flat part, and when I use the flat parts, it creates a fat long. When I used a point you part, it creates a skinny line that's the fun of the drawing with pastel is you can create all kinds of Lorne's fat, skinny all the way to very fat some light because when you use the flat side of your past tell, it just doesn't create a very, uh, deep color. Just a nice light machine. So now I'm using the edge of my pastel and I'm filling in the sales and it's going not too bad. It looks like my pastels going to work. And now I, Adam, we've. And what you're doing is creating the basic under structure for the drawing. And then you can keep tweaking it now, even off camera, when I'm done and I've shown you the basics of how to do this drawing, the odds are about 110% chance that I will keep tweaking it so you can tweak as long as you want. You can create up to 20 layers of chalk pastel when you're using pastel paper. Now that dark is looking very dark. I'm not that a big a fan of that dark, So I'm going to take the soft pastel from the big blocks, and I'm going to cover that up. Dark waves don't work. There are times when you're drawing with your chalk pastels where you will make a decision that doesn't quite work, and the beauty of chalk pastels is you can go right over it again. Just cover that up. The darker colors are harder to cover up, but it's still doable. So now I'm going to add just different lines with my pencil. I like using my pencil. It's a to B pencil, and it really likes, Um, I really like using it because it is soft, almost like the chalk pastels, and it creates a nice defined line. See how I'm creating that masthead and then you can redraw with it and it works really well . And now for the sale. Chalk pastels are very forgiving. You can draw over a color you don't like. You can soften edges you don't like. You can take away edges you don't like. It's really forgiving. It's a wonderful medium to play with. The only drawback of chalk pastels is it's very messy. So if you don't like math, just prepare for it Here. I'm adding some more. I like these nice soft lines created by the flat off the pastel and now to tap it. Remember tappings the way. Here's a basic drawing the basic example, and I will keep tweaking it. I don't like some of those edges. And I will just keep tweaking it even off camera. Like I said before. But I don't want to hold you back. I want you to be able to do this now so that you can have your own version of this, uh, drawing. So your job now is to do this part. And if you have time uploaded to the project gallery would be wonderful to see what you can do. So here's the basics. And before I keep tweaking, this is your job. Now do this part and we'll see you in the next section. 7. Chalk pastels #1 Conclusion: Winslow Homer is one of the pastel artists that I love the most. He used chalk pastels for drawing. He used it to prepare for his paintings, but just by themselves, they're wonderful. He's known mainly as a marine painter and used to just go on what he called working vacation so he would go on a vacation and you just sit there and draw and prepare paintings . The fun part is he never had any training at all. He picked it up all by himself, and he started his career as I an illustrator. The with no training, So his talent is amazing. I love the light, touchy users with his, um, pastels. So what I'd like you to do is look him up. His work is wonderful. Conclusion. Chalk, pastels, air, also called soft pastels. So when you're looking up information about chalk pastels, keep that in mind. I love this medium, and I hope you do, too. It's just so fun and easy and fast. All the information that I have about Winslow Homer is from the Internet, and you can look him up, too. This is the next project. It's a Seascape as well. But a little more complicated project than the 1st 1 So this is the next step for you. A little more complex, a topic, but still very fun and easy. This is Doris Show. Okay. And we'll see you in the next section.