Can you use soft pastels with your Prismacolor pencils?? — A PencilStash Tutorial


Today, we’re going to be using our soft pastels with prismacolor so stick around Hey, everybody. This is Rachel welcome to pencil stash a weekly show about adult coloring colored pencils tips tricks and how to’s if You’re new to the channel hit the subscribe button or better yet the [bell] button to be notified when I’ve uploaded new content and don’t Forget to hit the like button. It actually helps new folks find my channel so a couple of weeks ago I did a video on using soft pastels with your color pencils a great tip for backgrounds large areas They work really really well but I traditionally use them with Oil-based color pencils such as faber castell because the wax based ones like [prison] colors will actually pick up some of that Pigment from the soft pastels, so I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to maybe still use them so today We’re going to answer some of those [questions], and I’m going to show you how to use the soft pastels with your prisma colors So let’s get over my desk, and we’ll get [started] So hopefully you’ve already watched my video on using soft pastels with your adult coloring if not I’ll have a link to it down below in the comments I strongly encourage you to watch that video first as today’s video is a follow up to that video as I’ve been getting some great questions in the comments, and I hope to address some of those questions today So some people have asked a soft pastels Can be used with prismacolor colored pencils and the short answer is yes, however Because prismacolor pencils are wax based and soft pastels are oil-based you need to use them in a particular Way in that previous video You saw me haphazardly placing the soft pastel powder right over top of the oil-based colored pencil page This is fast and easy and create a great look however If you do use the prism colors with this it will take up the pigment of the soft pastels so On to our demonstration page here, please ignore the fact that this page [is] quite ugly. I try to use a variety of colors Including lots of white and gray so you could really see what the pastels do to the color range? But unfortunately, it’s not the prettiest, but anyway, it’s just for demonstration So I’ve taken a fine tip sharpie pen and drawn a line right down the [middle] of the page on a diagonal on The upper Portion I’ve colored the page with [faber] [castell] pencils. Which are oil based on the lower portion of [colored] page with prismacolor pencils which are wax based try to use as similar colors as possible to the Faber-castell side as You can see the two sides look very different based on the pencils that I’ve used now again I’ve been very Intentional with lots of white and gray on the page in the areas [that] look like these in these flowers [I] have not left those blank paper [I] have indeed used either my white faber castell or my white prismacolor based on the side of the page to fill that space You will need a set of soft pastels anything will do. I just have a cheap one here for demonstration the pastels themselves look like scored off chalk and Similar to chalk the pigment will get all over your fingers and the surrounding area So make sure that you take that into account in your working space I like to put a few pieces of cheap scrap paper underneath So in the book itself behind my page to protect my desk and the other pages in the [book] itself You also need a utility knife A few cotton pads usually found to make a bio of any Big-box store and some cotton swabs or q-tips First I’ll demonstrate that haphazard way of applying the pastel on the outer edge of the faber castell side Hold the pastel and scrape the surface lightly with your utility knife keeping those lovely fingers dwell away from the blade This motion will flick the powder onto the surface of your drawing You’ll notice. It isn’t very [easy] to control exactly where the pastel lands, but you can control it slightly Now we’ll take our cotton Pad Wrap it around our finger and rub the pastel into the paper using rubbing or circular motions on The Faber-castell side you can see the yellow pastel isn’t picked up by the colored pencil layer even in the areas that I colored white Now let’s do the same technique on the prismacolor side As you can see the prismacolor clearly picked up a lot of that yellow pigment Here on the Gray even [in] the green and especially on the white areas This is not going to work and may have even just ruined the artwork that you just try to use it for Now if you still really want to use these two mediums together it still can be done Using this little beauty right here are two tips It’s a precision instrument with many uses including your artwork So there’s a couple of things you can do with this Since we have this large center area and the letters are colored yellow already you can use the flipping technique here But you just need to make sure that you do so well away from the edge of your colored pencil drawing You can even flick some onto a piece of scratch paper and pick up the pigment with your q-tip Whichever way works best for you and for your piece, but I would strongly encourage you to practice Now you can take your q-tip and push it around the paper with much more precision than your cotton Pad Including into all the little crevices and right up against your colored pencil work you The other thing that you can do is use the [pestle] itself right on the page The scored Edges are good for little areas And you don’t need full coverage since you need to go in afterwards with your q-tip to blend it in anyway You’ll see the pigment is a lot richer with this method Don’t forget too that you can layer and blend your pastels to create new colors and looks But try to experiment first on a piece of scratch paper you Alright guys. I hope this video answered some of your [questions], but as always if you have more leave me a comment below pastels are a great medium to play around with and incorporate them into your adult coloring as long as you learn a little quirks of how to use them Here’s our featured work artists for the week if you’d like to submit your work for featuring here on the channel You [can] post your work in our pencil stash adult coloring group on [Facebook] or on Instagram using the Hashtag pencil Stash If you like this week’s video don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe You’ll find lots more tutorials and demonstrations on my channels home page by clicking my photo And don’t forget to visit pencil stash [comm] to read my blog Thank you so much for watching and I will see you next time

20 comments

  • Cindy Knapper

    Great tips about the cotton-tipped applicators! I have another one for you. I love to use soft pastels for my background and I use them often in my finished colorings, but I don't scrape them onto the background with a utility knife because for one, I'm VERY clumsy with sharp objects, LOL! Instead, I use the cotton-tipped applicator and rub it onto the chalk pastel itself to take color from it and then directly apply it onto the background. This is just one less step you have to do and it works like a charm – especially if you're working with prismacolors. I began this way because I was always afraid that if I scraped the chalk onto the background I would scrape it into the wrong area. By the way, Rachel, I've been meaning to tell you, I do love your videos – I love your style! Thanks again!

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  • A Colorful Life

    Thank you, I have had this happen to me more times than I care to admit!!! Excellent tip Rachel. I appreciate it and you.

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  • Carol D

    Great video! For anyone who doesn't like to use a sharp blade for shaving the pastel sticks, I bought a cheapie manicure kit for a couple bucks at a department store that has a little metal cuticle tool in it. I found that it's really good for shaving off the pastel dust onto paper and it isn't so sharp that you can cut yourself accidentally.

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  • jsscraphappy

    Love your videos! I haven't tried pastels yet, but wonder if they would change the colors of either Prismas or FC pencils, so thank you for doing this video. I wonder if the Prisma NuPasteks would react the same way because they are made to work with Prismas.

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  • Trish Darbonne

    I was thinking about covering my background first for a particular coloring page in my Enchanted Forest calendar. Do you know if the pencils (oil or wax, I have both) can be used over the pastels? I'm curious if the pastels would distort the colors, or if the pencil pigment would even stick to pastel covered paper. Thanks for your videos, I find them very helpful!

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  • Eddie Falls

    Hi Rachel just watched your video on soft pastels & prismas. .& oh how I wish I had seen this video before I almost ruined a page I was entering in a challenge! ! But I had actually used eye shadow for the first time. ..& quickly learned like with prismas they too must be carefully handled & used differently! But I stayed up all night & correcting my mistake! ! & guess what I won the challenge! !!!!!
    So may I ask my favorite teacher of backgrounds. ..I really do learn a lot from you..could not have done my next one without you !!
    But I don't know about gel pens..we have a challenge that has to be done with all in gel pens (my weakness..lol).. so how & what do do you recommend for backgrounds with the picture fully done in gel pens ??? HELP…SOS !! :):):)
    HUGS TO YOU, Catherine
    I believe you have my email 🙂

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  • Becky Rigdon

    Thank you so much Rachel! Now I know why I ruined my finished picture after applying pastels. I was so disappointed and didn't understand what happened. You are extremely helpful and much appreciated! 🖍🎨💐❤️

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  • Ana Darch

    Enjoy your videos! Could you do a video using PanPastels please? They come with application tools but I still would like you to test using pencils over the PanPastels technique. Thanks very much. 😉

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  • Dani Neuenschwander

    Very informative. Thank you.

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  • shawna ferguson

    I wish I had seen this before I ruined one of my favorite pictures I colored. But I have learned and now at least I know why it happened

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  • Crucibelle

    Ooh, I just watched your video and have to say I actually love the effect of the pastels over the Prismacolors! As for the background, I'd probably just mask out what I didn't want the pastel to touch or use workable fixative before using the pastels (if I wasn't wanting the PC's and pastels to mix, I mean). 🙂

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  • RE ABERILLA

    Looking at the colors of your pastel, I thought: What kind of "shit" does Prisma sell!!! Not even the kids would choose to use them!!!

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  • RE ABERILLA

    So much for your "GREASY FACE" – I'm not interested in your tutorials!!!buh bye!!!

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  • Melissa Brundrett

    I'm new to coloring and I really enjoy your videos! Do you know anything about Prismacolor Premier NuPastel Firm Pastel Color Sticks? Just wondering if they would be more compatible with Prismacolor Pencils. I'm going to try to do some research on their formulation. Thanks!

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  • Crafty Crafter’s Place

    Another option is to use a pastel pencil.

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  • Grace H

    Hi I have been enjoying your videos and learned a lot so far. But what about Schpirerr Farben pencils.

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  • Angelica

    Nice video, thanks! Would it be possible to do the background first with pastels, and then the rest of the coloring with prismacolor?

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  • Art with R.E

    This is the exact question I've been thinking. Great info.

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  • Geodifey Hannah

    Hi Rachel! I have learned from the other tutorial videos about soft pastel that you could protect the page colored with prisma by adding prisma colorless blender, I haven't tried it yet but watching the videos it really worked!

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  • GLADYS BERRIER

    Thanks! Could you PLEASE show how to color or shade a flower vase with water or glass? Thanks

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