Tomato: A Pastels Tutorial

Juicy, lean-over-the-sink type sandwiches come to mind when I look at Nana’s ripe tomato pastel lesson.

Just like my brother’s sandwich! Yes, he said he really did stand at the kitchen sink to eat this one. And the sink caught the juicy drips from his freshly sliced tomato from his garden. YUM. Or, as he would say, MMMMMMM.

You can make your own delicious tomato by following Nana’s easy, 1, 2, 3 step tutorial.

Pick out your most beautiful red, chalk pastel stick. In #1, draw a nice heart that is rounded full of love at the bottom – no points on tomatoes   :)

#2 – Fill in your richest red and add your green at the top. Blend in the color a bit with your finger tip.

#3 – Add a triangular touch of white for the light on your shiny tomato. Also use a touch of brown at the bottom for shade and to show the shadow. Maybe a touch of pink in the middle to round out your tomato.

See the shine on this nice tomato? That’s what we are doing with our little triangle of white pastel.

Three-year-old’s pastel (he really prefers drawing roads   :)  )

Five-year-old’s tomatoes on the vine.

Eight-year-old’s tomato on a table.

Eleven-year-old’s pastel tomato.

Next, sign your name in a bottom corner with your favorite color. Then grab your wipes and clean up.

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 25 now!) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. A simple set is very affordable.

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.

So, was that as easy as slicing a tomato for your favorite summer sandwich?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children – preschoolers to high schoolers. 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.

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