Blueberries: A Pastels Tutorial

We recently enjoyed this tutorial again for a little Blueberries for Sal Five in a Row fun…
A couple of weeks ago, Nana shared a watermelon pastel tutorial with us. This time, it’s beautiful blueberries! And, once again, it’s a summer time easy, 1-2-3 steps.

This afternoon we had the pleasure of a friend visiting. She had never tried pastels before but took right to them. Since Nana wasn’t with us this time (she had prepared this tutorial for us a few weeks ago when we got away), we used her directions, her words. We explained to our friend…

Middle Girl chose to have her light source coming from the right.

That first you need to decide “where the light source is coming from.”

In the picture above, the light is from the left and you can clearly see that the right side of the blueberry is darker.

Fill your blueberry in with a luscious, deep blue. Fist it in. Or just use one finger to blend as we did.

Then add a very light “skumbling” of aqua and fist it or blend it a bit with a finger tip.

You can even add a touch of white to show the light too. (Our friend’s blueberry, above. Didn’t she do a great job? Her first time!)

Five-year-old’s extra-juicy blueberry.

Eight-year-old’s beauty of a berry.

Now, it’s time for a bowl full! Make as many as you’d like. Thank you, Nana!

You might like to bake a blueberry pound cake with a bunch of blueberries.

More art fun with children’s books:


  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (over 45 lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.


About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. Oh, fun! I love the shading tips. Makes me want to read “Blueberries for Sal” and munch on cold blueberries. After the pastels, of course.

  2. I may just have to use this when we read Blueberries for Sal-it’s one of our books of the week at school!

  3. Great pastel and great book that was mentioned by your other guest =)

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