All Blue: A Chalk Pastels Tutorial

Stay tuned tomorrow for a really fun giveaway involving sea creatures!

Nana has been excited about sharing a different type of chalk pastel. A lesson all one color – shades of blue!

First, we all looked at the many shades of blue and chose colors.

We listened to instructions.

And we began with the top of the water (Nana helped Lil’ Buddy with his). Remember to leave room for blue clouds in the sky!

Lil’ Buddy stayed at the table with us almost five minutes this time. A new record!

Now, you can make this scene your very own. Just be sure to turn your pastel stick on its side and ‘skumble’ in the water color. Blend it with your fist so that it is colorful. Think about how the water is darkest at the bottom because of the depth.

Add details in other shades of blue. Rocks. Your favorite creatures!

Grasses. Starfish. Whatever you think of. Just try to vary your shades of blue.

Add some clouds. These will be full clouds – ready for an afternoon thunderstorm.

Make your underwater details the way you’d like them.

And, when you are finished, you might want to do another pastel picture – all in another color.


  • Print this lesson: Just click the green, ‘print-friendly’ button at the top, left of this post. You can choose to print the lesson with or without photos. By clicking the ‘remove photos’ box, you may print the text directions only.
  • 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 35 lessons 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.



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    I love working with pastels! It is one of my favorite mediums, but in order to preserve the paintings, I use a spray fixative- which I don’t like to use because of the chemicals.

    It’s great that kids don’t have to worry about all that though:)

    Thank you for sharing another great tutorial. I’m so glad I joined your blog recently!

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    just bought our first chalk pastels for homeschool and we are so excited to use them. Thank you so much for sharing all these tutorials! :-)

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