Using an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper, we drew the line for the ground about 3/4 of the way down the paper. We then turned our gray pastel stick on its side to skumble in the sky. Blending or ‘fisting in’ makes the sky overcast and will make the colors of the tree stand out.
Now for some color! Take your orange pastel stick and skumble some leaves onto your branches. Not many, because, like our backyard tree, most have fallen off. Be sure to add your orange lightly so that the branches show well.
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- 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 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.
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