A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook from Hodgepodge

We are excited to announce our ebook, A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels: Art for All Ages. The Lord blessed my mother, Lucia Hames, with amazing talent. She’s been teaching her grandchildren art lessons for years. A Simple Start offers a whole year of chalk pastels from Nana, the Master Artist – her talents from The Master…

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook Available for a special introductory price of $19.99 with coupon code SSCP-INTRO

My mama blesses us in so many ways. We’ve been sharing her art times with you on Hodgepodge for three years now. Our readers asked for the tutorials in ebook form for ease of use in their homes. So our ebook contains 45 tutorials in all sorts of subjects. It’s truly a passion of ours to show others just how gentle, easy and joyful it is to enjoy simple art projects. Chalk pastels are so forgiving and offer such stunning results. I could go on…

Featuring easy to understand instructions, Nana walks your family through drawing landscapes, weather, food, wildlife, and seasonal items. Each lesson is well illustrated so you can see the techniques that are described.

What’s included?

  • 100 pages of tutorials, photos, tips
  • 45 tutorials in all
  • topics for all seasons all the year through
  • topics to match nature study
  • links to recipes in the food section
  • FAQs on materials and supplies
  • how to start art with little ones

Complete one lesson a week for more than a full school year’s worth of chalk pastels!

Bonus material:

  • 2 new video tutorials
  • 1 new tutorial in regular format
  • Free Return of the Routine ebook – encouragement for after a break, small steps toward a routine

chalk pastels 2 A simple start… because as children didn’t we all start my drawing big loops and circles with chalk?

What others are saying:

“As an art teacher and the owner of Harmony Fine Arts, I appreciate the simple beauty of the new chalk pastel book from Nana and Tricia at The Southern Hodgepodge. The clear tutorials make each lesson easy to accomplish with stunning results from even the youngest of artists. Even for older students, the tutorials teach valuable skills and techniques which can be applied to any chalk pastel project. I love the sprinkling of recipes and the photos that share the closeness this family has achieved by simply pulling out art supplies at the kitchen table, learning together side by side with their beloved Nana. Thank you for the wonderful gift of an ebook that can inspire and nurture a love of art in all of us.” ~ Barb McCoy – Owner Harmony Fine Arts

“Ok, I have to tell you, I am NOT an art teacher… not even close. The most my kids ever do with art is maybe a hands-on history lesson with coloring pages and some minor drawing. I have now ventured into teaching them art WITH NANA! We completed lesson one in pastels this morning, and it was fabulous! She is inspiring a love of art in a family that knows nothing of it! Thank you so much for sharing your precious mother with us all.” ~ Lori Lange, homeschool mom of five @ Abnormal Herd

chalk pastels filming tutorials Prepping to film the new sky vista chalk pastel tutorial

“What I appreciate about these lessons is that they are short and easy to complete. You do not have to be an artist to explain to your child how to do the project! After doing these art projects, I realize that I need to get at least one more set of chalk pastels. The girls are enjoying these lessons so much!” ~ Maureen, Spell Out Loud

“I have not done too much art with my kids in our homeschool because I have zero confidence in my abilities and was always frustrated in high school art class. But I am so appreciative of the detailed instructions and am so happy to see how they turn out each time- we’ll be coming back time and time again to use your lessons! “ ~ Calina Mayo

“When I saw that a preschooler could do it-maybe there’s hope for me-the most ‘uncrafty, artsy, homeschooler’ of all time.” ~Kimberly Harrell

“When the pastel chalks are pulled out at our house, there are squeals of excitement. Smudging is one of our children’s favorite parts of the process, but mine is definitely seeing the completed projects that are a result of these fabulous tutorials.” ~ Jolanthe Erb, Homeschool Creations

“My children love art.  As a busy homeschooling mom, I appreciate art lessons that are easy to implement AND produce stunning projects. Chalk pastels are the perfect medium to accomplish both goals!  Tricia and Lucia have done a splendid job sharing simple, step-by-step directions for oodles of chalk pastel lessons which will result in amazing artwork – even for those who don’t believe they are artistically talented.  (Believe me.)” ~ Cindy West, Owner, Shining Dawn Books and author of NaturExplorers series

Return of the Routine at Southern Hodgepodge Also, through the month of January, we are giving away a second ebook. It might just be what you need to get back into a routine. So hop on over and get your instant download with Happy New Year wishes and blessings for a great start back to school.

And we sure hope you’ll join us for some art this year as well. Those enriching times.

Remember we have a new Art Tutorials Showcase Pinterest board. If you complete any of our tutorials I’d love to know about it so I can share your beautiful results! How are you enjoying times of art in your days?


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    This is such a fantastic blessing! I can’t wait to dive into it! Would you want some reviews and such to spread the word? Also, would this be something that a homeschool co-op could use for an art class?
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