Be gone the long, intimidating art supply list! Welcome to the family table, chalk pastels.
Because we are so very passionate about this art medium, we want to be sure you know just how simple it is to enjoy chalk pastel art and how VERY short the supply list is. Chalk pastel supplies are affordable and fun!
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As we mentioned yesterday, you simply need 1, 2, 3 for chalk pastel art: (1) chalk pastels, (2) paper and (3) tutorials. But first…
Prep Plus Easy Clean Up for Chalk Pastels
As I shared yesterday, part of art prep is building the habit of having art time. The more you practice, the easier it goes for you and your artists. You will be happy to know that chalk pastels are easy to clean up – with just a swipe of a wet paper towel.
If it makes you feel more comfortable, you may want to prep your art area by spreading some newspaper. Your artists can each don a smock or wear something they don’t mind getting smudged.
Having baby wipes or wet paper towels close by helps when chalk gets on fingers. Often we switch colors and need to just wipe fingers off quickly.
More on dealing with the art mess in But Chalk Pastels Get Everywhere!
Chalk Pastel Supplies
It truly is so simple to get started in chalk pastel art. First off, here is a quick, three minute, overview in video form from Nana: The Very Few Must Have Chalk Pastel Supplies.
There are so many things we love about chalk pastels.
1. More on Chalk Pastels
How often can a whole family join in art time for under $10? We think it is fabulous for our five artists! First of all – chalk pastels are frugal. One beginner set of chalk pastels can be used and shared by the whole family. You can find a starter set of 10-12 chalk pastels at your local arts and crafts store. We find them at Michael’s. You can also purchase them online at Dick Blick or Amazon.
Quartet Alphacolor Soft Square Pastels, Earth Tones, 12 Pastels per Set (145011)
One of our favorite sets is Alphacolor Chalk Pastels.
Special note – Our tutorials work best with these rather than oil pastels. Though we enjoy the oil medium too, the colors blend and layer beautifully with chalks.
Frugal tip: You can even break your chalk pastel sticks in half so that more artists can share around the table.
2. More on Paper
This is simple as well. The majority of the time we use printer paper. Yes, plain, white copy grade paper. Lately, for our Christmas and space tutorials we have enjoyed colored construction paper. Both of these are frugal!
If you want to explore the world of pastel paper, we recommend Canson pastel paper. It is lovely.
3. More on Art Tutorials
Follow Tricia Hodges | Hodgepodge’s board Free Art Tutorials and Lessons on Pinterest.
We have a growing index of well over 100 art tutorials for all ages. (More on how these work for all ages tomorrow!)
Check out our Hodgepodge YouTube channel with our growing list of 30+ art tutorials
Follow Tricia Hodges | Hodgepodge’s board Free Video Art Lessons for All Ages on Pinterest.
And for your convenience, we offer You ARE an Artist Art Curriculum for All Ages at chalkpastel.com
Bonus Chalk Pastel Supplies
Once you have used chalk pastels a while and decide that you like them, you may want to invest in the following. But these are completely optional!
Fixative for finished paintings. We use a cheap can of (*not pump) hair spray. Take your completed painting outside and spray a very thin layer over your painting. You can also purchase fixative specifically for chalk pastel paintings.
Our favorite big box of chalk pastels that we love.
Five Days of Chalk Pastel 101
(links will be live as each post publishes)
- You ARE an Artist: Chalk Pastel Art 101
- You ARE an Artist: How to Get Started
- You ARE an Artist: Chalk Pastel Supplies
- You ARE an Artist: Chalk Pastels for All Ages
- Chalk Pastel Art Frequently Asked Questions
See? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!