Adding colour with Pitt Pastel Pencils

Arty Musings

Click this link to view the YouTube video where I partly colour this drawing.

A day or two ago, I started to add colour to this drawing using Pitt Pastel Pencils from Faber-Castell. I thoroughly enjoyed using these pencils, possibly more than alcohol markers! That was a big surprise! I think the paper makes all the difference. I drew the design on ClaireFontaine PaintON mixed media paper in a natural colour. This paper has a ‘tooth’ to it which the pastel pencil can be worked into to ‘fix’ it somewhat.

I tend to approach adding colour as a way of adding another layer of pattern. It’s not about representational art and giving a realistic look. For me, it’s about playing with layers and volume using contrast. If I keep this in mind, then colouring can go reasonably well.

I kept to a simple palette of three browns and two greens. Oh, and a white pastel pencil too. I also used gold ink on the ‘beads’ and found that I could add shade to it with pastel left on the paper tortillon.

I will finish adding colour to this design; it will find its way into my accordion art journal. But I won’t be finishing it today.

Overwhelmed and overwrought

My emotions are all over the place for reasons I’m not going to go into. But, just to say, it’s been a tough few days, and I’m now officially exhausted.

I’ve had to push through with work to get the first drawings for my next colouring book revised and inked in. I still have one template for Whimsical Houses to colour, which is my plan for tomorrow. Not today. I can barely keep my eyes open.

I need to be gentle with myself and give myself some quiet, relaxing time and plenty of opportunities to sleep so my brain and emotions can reset. Some Star Wars may be in order … Yes, a good dose of Star Wars always does me good!

2 thoughts on “Adding colour with Pitt Pastel Pencils

  1. PATRICIA L PERRIN 27 January 2023 / 16:35

    So sorry you’re going through such a rough time – but it will get better, all you need is time and a positive attitude. I’ve been through some difficult times in my life, too, and one of the best things I learned was how to say “no” without guilt. It took quite a while, but it’s quite surprising how good it feels!

    My life is my own, and that ability to say “no” seemed to make other decisions easier too.

    Don’t feel bad about taking some down time. If that means a week or more without uploading to YouTube or where ever, then so be it – rather that than suffering a burnout.

    Hope you get on top of things soon.

    Regards Trish

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    • Angela Porter 4 February 2023 / 12:25

      Thank you so much for your kind words. They are very much appreciated. x
      I can say no, sometimes. But sometimes life is just too overwhelming, changes especially. But I kmow it’s all like the weather, eventually the storm will pass. Fortunately, I can always find my touchstone of contentment in my heart, even if my mind and emotions are stormy. Art and writing are what help me find that touchstone. I’ll be fine once things work out their twists and turns, though I do have an interesting time of personal discovery ahead of me, and that too is throwing up a lot of stuff!
      Thank you once again for your kind words xxx


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