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PanPastels, a Baby Wipe, and a Castle

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil

PanPastels are vibrantly full of pigment…and work wonderfully with baby wipes so I decided to build an art journal page of castle towers with them.

Want to win the stencils used in this video?  One lucky reader will win all 7 of my new stencils.  Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win.  Want more chances?  Leave a comment on each of the giveaway posts (Wednesday’s, Thursdays, todays, and Monday’s posts!) See all the details at the end of this post.

Watch How to use PanPastels with baby wipes and a stencil of castle towers on YouTube.

Watch how to seal them with a mini mister 

Using my Once Upon a Time stencil, I created the background towers all about the same height.  Why?  To fill in the page since I have that aversion to white space.

The towers on the stencil aren’t as long as this page but with magic I made them as long as I needed. Not really magic as you can see in the video…I just moved the stencil down.

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil

The middle towers were created the same way as the background ones but more hodgepodge in their heights.

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil

For the final row of towers some planning had to happen when it came to the colors.  Planning because I tend to forget what I thought a minute ago, so in the video you’ll see how I made sure I remembered what color I wanted where.

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil

Up until this point, the stencil part had been used.  To get the windows on the towers, the masks (that are included in the stencil) were placed on top and then PanPastel’d with white.

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil

How do I seal PanPastels so there is zero smudging?  There are a couple of ways I like to do it.  One is with a homemade spray and you can see the video here.  One with with a Gel Press plate.  You can see that video here.

Is this art journal page complete? Not quite yet.  I’ll set it aside and when the muse is ready, she’ll let me know what comes next on this page- and of course, I’ll share it here!

How to use PanPastels and a baby wipe with a stencil Pan Pastel Workshop with Carolyn Dube using StencilGirl Stencils

I’ll be teaching a PanPastel Art Journaling Workshop at Artiscape this April in Columbus, OH.  Love to see you there!

 

Giveaway Details

Want to win the stencils used in this post?  One lucky reader will win all 7 of my new stencils.  Leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win.  Want more chances?  Leave a comment on each of the giveaway posts (Wednesday’s, Thursdays, this one, and Monday’s posts!) See all the details at the end of this post.

I want everyone to have a chance to win, so International folks are eligible too!  Of course, if you win and you’ve already ordered any of the new stencils, you can pick any of my other 50+ stencils at StencilGirl. Giveaway ends on Jan. 31st at 11:59 pm. EST. Winner will be announced the following day on the blog.

Want more chances to win?  Bonus entries for sharing any this post on  Facebook, or Pinterest, or Instagram! How will I know you did it? Just come back and leave a comment telling me where you shared it.  Random.org will be picking a winner from the 4 blog posts on Jan. 31st at 11:59 pm. EST. Winner will be announced on the blog the next day.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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  • Amy Hodgson-Smith January 28, 2017, 10:41 am

    Another awesome video and great technique! One question. I’ve watched both videos on sealing pan pastels. In the past when I’ve used regular chalk pastels, I’ve sealed them with either hairspray, or spray matte acrylic sealer. Is there any reason why you prefer the other two methods?

    • Carolyn Dube January 28, 2017, 10:45 am

      The hairspray method doesn’t seal it well enough for me so that I can add more layers on top and not have any smearing. Hairspray does come off if it gets wet and rubbed around- and sometimes in mixed media there is lots of layers of wet stuff. Hope that helps!

  • Paulette Barber January 28, 2017, 10:54 am

    I think these stencils are absolutely adorable! I can see my granddaughter wanting to use them also, thanks so much for the video!

  • Melinda Morgan January 28, 2017, 11:00 am

    I love, love, love the castle especially all the colors. I think is just magical!

  • Phyllis Y January 28, 2017, 11:36 am

    You made a tower forest! Very cool. I wonder if the baby wipe manufacturers realize how much of their product is being used by creative people in art and craft projects. 🙂

  • Diane Humphrys January 28, 2017, 11:40 am

    I love the towers and the colors! I have to try the pan pastels now.

  • Carole January 28, 2017, 12:09 pm

    Mind blown and day thrown because now there is no way I want to scrub the floors! Since I will be playing with my Pan Pastels instead!

  • Carole January 28, 2017, 12:10 pm

    Shared to facebook! Since all my guild members received Pan Pastels at out retreat!

  • Carole January 28, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Pinterest shared. Ohh so you know the FB AUTOLINK DID NOT WORK?
    I copied and pasted it into my page ( going old school)

  • Carole January 28, 2017, 12:17 pm

    Ooh yeah I tweeted this bad boy as well!

  • Rebecca Tilinski January 28, 2017, 12:23 pm

    Fabulous! A new use for my pan pastels and wonderful stencils to add to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Laura S January 28, 2017, 12:29 pm

    Love these stencils so very much!!! Love the effect of how you layered the towers and colors too!

  • C4G January 28, 2017, 12:44 pm

    I would love to have a basic set of these. Someday. Someday.

  • Joyce madden January 28, 2017, 12:48 pm

    Great idea….makes a colorful journal page (or any page). Is that stencil available?
    Thanks, joyce

  • linda schiffer January 28, 2017, 1:20 pm

    I’ve never used Pan Pastels before – this video makes me want to go right out and buy some. 🙂 I like the transparent overlapping of colors you got on this page.

    Thanks so much for the give away. Inspiring!

    🙂 Linda

  • renee logan January 28, 2017, 1:30 pm

    love learning and seeing how you used Pan Pastels…fabulous page..thanks for sharing your art and a chance to win your latest stencils.

  • Nicola January 28, 2017, 2:47 pm

    Wonderful! Thanks for the baby wipe idea. I have some pan pastels but hardly use them. Will be getting them out to play now!

  • Safia Button January 28, 2017, 2:50 pm

    I love this particular stencil – so useful for so many things. And I have never seen pan pastels used like this before, with a baby wipe – interesting!

  • Jean Marmo January 28, 2017, 3:20 pm

    So pretty! I need some of these to play with!

  • Linda Krisjanis January 28, 2017, 4:05 pm

    Your stencils are amazing. So whimsical.

  • Diane Powell January 28, 2017, 4:18 pm

    I wish I had half the imagination you do!

  • Lori H January 28, 2017, 4:34 pm

    Only adding the windows to the front row really made them stand out and gave the grouping more depth. These stencils look like so much fun to play with! Who doesn’t want castle?? 🙂

  • Jackie Hedlund January 28, 2017, 5:04 pm

    This is a fun colorful page! I love the towers♥

  • Mandy Fariello January 28, 2017, 5:24 pm

    Thanks for another chance to win! I haven’t tried pan pastels…hmmmm…. 😛

  • Melinda D. January 28, 2017, 5:37 pm

    Thought I could resist the towers but it’s looking much less likely!

  • Janice Weiser January 28, 2017, 6:14 pm

    Oooh! Cool new stencil! Thanks for the demo!

  • Deborah Goodrow January 28, 2017, 7:04 pm

    I love Every. Single. Video. Carolyn Dube I have seen. Still working on seeing them all. (and re-watching many!)

  • Joy Taves January 28, 2017, 7:05 pm

    Love your new castle stencil! Every girl wishes for a fairy tale castle!

  • Janice Wood January 28, 2017, 7:26 pm

    Wish they sold them here in the UK but for now it’s not to be 🙁

  • Sharon January 28, 2017, 8:46 pm

    Oooohhhh Carolyn another tantalising taster! I have to say ‘Queen Carolyn’ does have a certain ring to it lol. Thanks for another chance to win xx

  • Joan Gosnell January 28, 2017, 9:08 pm

    I signed up for the class in Ohio–and can’t wait to try this technique!

  • Judith Clarke January 28, 2017, 9:58 pm

    When I was introduced to Pan Pastels, the lady demonstrating used Sofft Tools. When she handed one to me to try, I just stuck my finger on the pastel instead and made wonderful marks all over the page. Fingers are still my preference. I hadn’t thought of using baby wipes with Pan Pastels. Thanks for showing us.

  • Jane Kimball January 28, 2017, 10:01 pm

    I love Pan Pastels, in fact I’m taking lessons now from Donna Downey, But, I love the way your using them. So I’ll order your castle stencil and off I’ll go. Baby wipes! Who’s a thought. Great lesson. Thanks Jane

  • Helen Recane January 28, 2017, 10:42 pm

    Love your Castle Art Journal page. I am new to pan pastels and did not know about using baby wipes to spread and shade. You have encouraged me to use my pan pastels by making it fun and easy. Thanks.

  • tracy January 29, 2017, 1:25 am

    As always, colorful & FUN!! Would love to play with your stencils…

  • Annie January 29, 2017, 5:15 am

    Love this castle tower stencil and what you did with panpastels and babywipes.
    Thanks for the idea!

  • Jill McDowell January 29, 2017, 6:31 am

    Great tips and I love this stencil. Just ordered it and am looking forward to using it in my art journal, because God knows, my kids won’t buy me one either!

  • Glenda Lovchik January 29, 2017, 8:48 am

    That is one of my favorite stencils, so whimsical and versatile. Could be tall trees or rockets as well as towers. The little ones at the bottom of the stencil really add to the value. Thanks for another great video and product.

  • Becky Partan January 29, 2017, 9:53 am

    I love this! I don’t have any pan pastels yet, but they are on my to buy list.

  • Suz January 29, 2017, 10:34 am

    Love the castles, Carolyn!

  • Kelly Anderson January 29, 2017, 10:54 am

    Would have never thought of using pan pastels and baby wipes together!

  • Ausra Bicknell January 29, 2017, 11:04 am

    Thank you for sharing – absolutely love this castle tower stencil… Love the pan pastels technique video!

  • Linda Welker January 29, 2017, 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. I would love to win a set of your stencils.

  • Maurene McQuestion January 29, 2017, 5:06 pm

    The towers are beautiful. I love the effect using a baby wipe with the pan pastels. Will try that out for sure.

  • Susan Hahaj January 29, 2017, 5:40 pm

    Loved the informative video, I love easy techniques with great results! thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  • Gayle January 29, 2017, 5:59 pm

    Win! I wanna win these stencils! Love the castles!

  • Jodi Abbott January 29, 2017, 6:36 pm

    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing the process.

  • Gill K January 29, 2017, 7:17 pm

    I haven’t used my Pan Pastels for many months & you have inspired me to get them out again. I love all the colours on your castle, & the way the towers look ethereal. Thank you for making this giveaway open to internationals.

  • Amanda Walden January 29, 2017, 9:03 pm

    I share your dislike of white space. I’d rather fill it with colors too! 😉

    I am loving those rich bright pan pastels! They look so creamy! I don’t have any in my supplies, but they look fun to play with.

  • Laura Landau January 30, 2017, 12:08 am

    I love the stencil. I would spend like, half a sketchbook just making different castles or villages. The mask seems ultra handy too.

  • Beverley January 30, 2017, 6:12 am

    Castles…. funky trees…. bird house tower block… so many fun options, just need the stencils!!

  • Arianna Barbara January 30, 2017, 7:00 am

    Wow! Awesome technique!!! Love so much the castle and the colors you used!!!

  • Sybil Grieco January 30, 2017, 7:06 am

    What a fun journal page! I love how you used those towers. I really like those stencils.

  • Arianna Barbara January 30, 2017, 7:08 am

    I’ve just shared your post on Facebook as Arianna Barbara https://www.facebook.com/arianna.barbara.1/posts/1270927889654824?pnref=story

    On Pinterest as Arianna Barbara https://www.pinterest.com/pin/138907969737839165/

    On Instagram as raggiodiluc3
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BP40zOmA1pu/

  • jodi January 30, 2017, 10:23 am

    Just beautiful!

  • Helen Gullett January 30, 2017, 11:16 am

    That is fabulous technique! I have not yet tried Pan Pastel but this medium will be on my wish list 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the tutorial, Carolyn!

  • Helen Gullett January 30, 2017, 11:18 am
  • Stephanie January 30, 2017, 2:21 pm

    Hi Carolyn – loving the new stencils. I’m taking one of your other classes at Artiscape. Looking forward to seeing you again! Stephanie

  • Andrea January 30, 2017, 2:53 pm

    Love the tutorial. Thank you for the chance to win the new stencils!

  • Elizabeth Motyka January 30, 2017, 10:24 pm

    Love the colors and a chance to win!
    Thanks

  • Virginia Michelini January 31, 2017, 10:43 am

    Who doesn’t love castles! This princess is not going to wait any longer. Your stencil will make my dream come true.

  • Beth in IL January 31, 2017, 1:14 pm

    Thanks for another great video. I have been wondering about pan pastels. Love all the color. I

  • DeBorah Beatty January 31, 2017, 1:49 pm

    I watched your video on this and love how delicate the colors are. Gotta get me some pan pastels soon! I would love to win these stencils.

  • Dottie Lou Crisp January 31, 2017, 2:52 pm

    These castles are my absolute favorite!!

  • Kristiina January 31, 2017, 3:03 pm

    Love the way you layered these, wonder how long it will be until your muse drops by to tell you how to continue 🙂

  • Denisse Diaz February 1, 2017, 7:12 am

    Absolutely stunning work as always. Those stencils really transport you to an especial time and all I kept thinking about was dragons, medieval times and that at any point the prince was coming to rescue his belle princess locked away in the tower!!! 🙂

  • marilyn johns February 26, 2017, 5:52 pm

    magical, I love castles

  • Christel July 18, 2018, 12:07 pm

    Hi Carolyn, what are the pan pastel color palette called that you are using?
    Thank you –
    Christel

    • Carolyn Dube July 25, 2018, 9:48 am

      Hi Christel, It isn’t a specific palette put together by PanPastel, it is just an assortment of colors that I love.

  • Stephanie Brown December 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration. I’ll blow the dust of my pan pastel set and get to work.