Chalk Pastels on Polymer Clay (Solid and Liquid Clay)

Hi guys, its Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay
Tutor, and in today’s Studio Tip, I’m gonna show you how to use chalk pastels on Polymer
Clay. Now last week, we did a video on using chalk
finished paint, and this is quite a bit different, we’re gonna actually use chalk pastels, and
I’m just gonna clarify what types of… the type of chalk pastel that you wanna use…what
I’m talking about today. There’s lots of different things available
out there, and I’ve got three different brands here. This one is Cornell, and they’re calling them
drawing pastels, these are small little ones, they’re a pretty high quality one, they have
quite a bit of pigment in them and you can see that they are quite hard. Now, the funny thing is, is that some of these
other pastels here, they will call them soft pastels, like this set I got from Michaels
called…made by Artist’s Loft…this is a beautiful set by the way, it wasn’t very
expensive I think, it was only about $6 or $7 bucks or something like that, and the quality
is really quite good, it comes in a lot of colors and even though they’re calling this
a soft pastel, it is quite a hard piece too, much more like chalk than pastel. Here’s another brand, this is something that
I think my Mom was using in her elementary school classroom, so a real student grade
one, this would work too, but this one is a little bit lower quality and you can see
it when you work with it, the pigment level isn’t very strong, so you need a lot more
of this chalk to get the same kind of look from it as some of these other ones. Now, just to show you the difference, this
is an oil pastel, this is not the same at all, this is quite creamy, oily, you’ve
probably seen these and they’re a different product altogether…I actually haven’t tested
these on Polymer Clay yet, it’s something I plan to do, it’s on the list, so I have
no idea whether it’s compatible or not, but we’re not talking about oil pastels, we’re
talking about chalk pastels. Alright, so let me just show you quickly a
few projects that I have done using chalk pastels on Polymer Clay…these are all from
previous tutorials, this one is from a Faux Rust tutorial, and the Black areas are done
with some of the chalk pastels. This is from a Faux Rainbow Raku tutorial,
and all the rainbow-y colors in here are all done with chalk pastels. This is from a Daisy tutorial, and I’ve got
a little bit of the Green chalks in here around the center. This is from the Poinsettia Tutorial, and
it’s got a little bit of Green chalks on there as well. This one is a cute little Snowman bead tutorial,
and his little blushed cheeks are using chalk pastel, chalk pastel really has a soft dusty
look that you can get. This is from a little Pear tutorial, and the
different coloring on it can be done in chalk pastel. This is from the Cymbidium Orchid tutorial
I have, and all the Purple-y colors here are all done in chalk pastel, and there’s some
Blacks and some other colors as well. This Fairy Door tutorial was all done using
one solid color of scrap clay, and same with the base here where the stones and the brick
are, that was all… and the door, were all colored in chalk pastels, and treated in different
manners, some you can see are quite matte, and here it’s quite shiny, there’s a lot
in that tutorial that uses the chalk pastels. And then finally these two pieces here are
from a Faux Enamel tutorial, and I mixed the chalk pastels with Liquid Polymer Clay and
stenciled it and did a few cool things, this one has a lot of shine to it because I was
using Kato Liquid Polymer Clay that’s quite shiny when it’s baked, and this one was using
TLS, and so it has a much more matte finish. Now, you can use the chalk pastels…a lot
of people use them for, you know, coloring faux bread and little miniature food and all
that kind of thing, I’m just gonna show you a couple of little things about the pastels,
so the way you wanna use them…I’ll use this big set here, is you can use a little brush
if you like and try to get it some color off of here and then dust it this way if you want
to, but if you need a lot of the color, all you need to do is just take your piece and
just scrape a little bit off, and then you have the powder right there all ready to go
and you can use it that way. Another thing you can do with the chalk pastels,
really easily and nicely, is if you mix them together, so I’ve taken a Blue color and a
Pink color, and I can actually make quite a Purple-y color by mixing them together,
so you can get really unlimited colors with that…and here, look at how beautiful they
are, you can use them in stencils and you can rub them on with your fingers, all kinds
of stuff, it sticks remarkably well to raw clay, in fact these bricks all here, there
isn’t even a finish on here and it’s on there really tough, you can’t scratch it off, so
it really bakes in there, once it’s baked, it’s in there, but you can protect it if you
need to. Another thing you can do…and I’ll talk about
that in one second, another thing you can do is you can mix it with liquid clays, this
is Sculpey Liquid Translucent sometimes called TLS…I haven’t opened…oh yeah I haven’t
opened this one yet, but I’ll just put a little drop out here, and you can mix it with
right…the powders right in there and get some really cool effects. Some people make like a liquid…they’re making
like a little bowl of soup or something, and they want it to look like broth, they would
use some colors that were little more broth like and just mix it right in and they could
make themselves a soup base and pour it in a little cup and it would look like soup…I’ll
just mix this together with this end here, but you can see, it mixes in really well,
and you get kind of a speckled, really cool translucent…colored translucent when you
do it that way, and that’s when I was doing…oh where did it go, these pieces here, you can
really see the different colors of the chalks and things within the liquid and it looks
very, very cool. Now, you can also use Kato Poly…Liquid Poly
Clay or Fimo Liquid…I have not used Fimo Liquid yet, it’s brand new to me, so I haven’t
had the opportunity to mix it with anything, but of the three different translucent clays
I was just showing you, Fimo Liquid is supposed to be the clearest of the three, so I have
some future testing to do on those products, and if you would like me to get right on that,
leave a comment below, and I can get onto that…I can bump it up the list if it’s something
you’re interested in. Alright, so to protect it, after it’s baked…
if you are worried about it getting rubbed off or something like that, you can use a
variety of different products, this is PYM II, we’ve talked about that in a previous
video, this is Golden Glazing Medium…I do have a video that has all of these different
finishes in it that talks more about that, and you can also use Renaissance Wax, whatever
you like to protect it, and that’s about it. You can come up with all sorts of very cool
things to do with these colored clays, like I said, you could mix it in…you could actually
mix it into Translucent clay, you can add it on top of the clay, or you can mix it in
with Liquid Clay, alrighty? So I hope that was helpful for you, if it
was, do let us know if you liked this video. And if you have a product you’d like me to
test or a technique that you don’t know anything about, and you’d like me to do a video on
it in the future, leave your suggestions in the comment section below. Also we have done so many videos, so there
is a pretty good chance we might have already done a video that you are looking for, so
make sure to search through the videos we have and see if you can find it there, alright? We will see you next time and bye for now.


  • Donut Lover101

    I am a crafter aswell and got the Artist Loft pastels and they work realty good especially on a white peace of clay it works amazing ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

  • Sue Ann Armstrong

    Can you show how to make fairy wings using FIMO translucent liquid clay asap. Thanks, I've learned so much watching your videos.

  • Magical Bevanna

    I've been using the liquid Flimo for about 6 months, and I love it. It drys really hard and nothing, (and I mean nothing can move it!). It drys clear and I've used it to coat, fill and to reinforce clay items with no issues whatsoever. You can also mix small amounts of pastel or clay into it and stir it to either a smooth fondant thickness, or leave it chunky. I used it on my Gingerbread House as snow, it looks really good. However, it's quite pricy, and you don't get a lot for your money, however, it goes far depending on what your making. I always turn to it when I'm working clay as it's never let me down.

  • Samantha Somers

    Hello! great vid, thank you – may i ask if you ever add the colour after baking? as far as i know it's fine to do so? pastels seem to be so much finer & 'airbrushed' in finish that i'd like to try them on my miniatures, but i add so much detail in my sculpting, that painting soft clay will destroy it, so i need to do it last after baking, so i would need a nice thin, matte seal or glaze i think ? im so new to pastels haha, THE FEAR! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris Caine

    Cindy I have a bunch of Pebeo Silk Paints and would like to ask if you think it would work with polymer clay? I havent tried it yet, but just thought perhaps you may have. thanks for many great tips and advice. xx

  • Peeradon Utama

    Can i use watercolor on polymer clay?…

  • Blogoutlast

    do you bake the clay then put pastels on them or put pastels on them then bake?

  • Rosa Sanchez

    Can I use eyeshadow??

  • Wolfkins1972

    very nice :o) my favorite was the fairy door :o)

  • Meematoad

    Could I use oil pastels??

  • S. Woods

    Looks like a great technique

  • 8 0

    @Polymer Clay Tutor Where do u get your Fimo deco gel? =+Polymer Clay Tutor

  • yoongioo

    I tried oil pastels THEY DO NOT WORK

  • Miglutฤ—ฤ—

    in the other video you said that you used perlex mixed woth liquid clay. wtc

  • Sage Manga

    Does the chalk come off with water or do you have to add some kind of polish once it's baked?

  • Bev Mitchell

    PLEASE! That has been a burning question for a really long time for me. I would love to have your expertise in polymer clay with respect to oil pastels! Look forward to ( hopefully) seeing and hearing your results ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sharona synekhandal

    iv used oil pastels for tinting translucent clay and liquid

  • Crafty Gamer

    you are awesome i love you"re tips they help a lot …. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • HKreations

    PolymerClayTutorย  Hi Cindy~~~I've used soft pastels on white Sculpey and white Premo clay. The blending was amazing, but after I baked it, the piece remained bendy. Should I have baked it longer to stiffen it up? I made a 1/4" thick flat pendant and baked it for 45 minutes.

  • karen beeny

    Another fab tutorial for a beginner; thank you Cindy, I have to Pin you to my Everything Polymer Clay board.

  • Roopal Jain

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I am debating between gliders paste and chalk pastels to use on polymer clay. My purpose is to highlight the design by stamping polymer clay. Any suggestions what to use ?

  • Hamster Egg

    Hey, can I just use sidewalk chalk to actually color the clay? I want to actually make a colored clay. Is that something good to use? Can I use markers, like expo? I just really need to dye my clay. Also, can you link oil pastels in your reply if you have made it already and it would work for me?

  • HappyWifeCrafts Suzie

    i would love to see your testing on the liquid clays ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Prelude Fugue

    I love the pastel effects that gives beautiful colors… However, you can't polish or buffering it at all……….

  • angela santiago

    Hi! Thank you for making these videos! I have a question. Have you made another video about your oven from your parents? I seen the one when you first showed it but was curious how you've liked it.
    Thank you so much!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kalimero

    Damn those 10 dislikes… bring them to me!

  • Minty Ham

    hi! To varnish th clay, could I use clear nail polish?

  • irene moustaki

    Thank you for your tutorial!! I would like to ask in what stage we use soft pastels on clay? Before or after baking it? When do we apply it on air clay?

  • Shanitta Thompson

    You can also use petal dust. I use it on dollhouse miniatures.

  • MomokoMaggie

    i have the soft pastels :3

  • Jaqlinny

    i wonder if can i use HAIR chalk in clay….

  • Dee Beckham

    Would love to see the Fimo clear and pastels.

  • Cheryl Collette

    Will outdoor Mod Podge work as a good protective coat?

  • Karen Lal

    I couldn't find the artist's loft soft pastel size kit you have at the Surrey Micheals (yes I'm in the same city as you :)! ) …and it wasn't cheap either, I only got a small box of 12 colors for $16 dollars, and anything bigger was more expensive, they only had a large box of skin tone portrait colors for around $26, so I'm guessing the rainbow colored one would be the same price if they had it in stock that day. I'll try to check out Langley next time!

  • Diana Saur

    how do you protect the pastels on already baked clay, and what kind of finishes do you get from all the products mentioned or others?.

  • Tude Oswald

    I loved it !!!! Thanks a lot!!!! Great help!!!!

  • Pandora, your local drug dealer

    i use pastels, i tried out those soft ones, they were weak colored, hard, and all around terrible in comparison in to the nucolor ones

  • Pandora, your local drug dealer

    the black pastel was a gray

  • Evelyn DeLeon NJ

    do you video how to bake i have no idea oh and how to place in

  • Sushi PlushieTM

    oh my plush… when I am gonna learn to click dat subscribe button?! X'3 anyways, you earned a new sub X3

  • MileiaOrgana

    Can you use regular chalk?

  • sureen de beer

    I just love you tips….100% helpful… I just wanted to know would it work if I mix the chalk pastels in with the mica powder? polymer clay isn't very big in South Africa so you struggle to find a lot of colours this side…

  • Deborah Spicer

    Thank you, I was just working with chalks and clay. You answered some of my questions already.

  • delia toro

    were I can find sulpey big bottle translucent liquid sculpey?

  • delia toro

    were I can buy liquitex

  • delia toro

    you are very good explaining, and I love your tutorials they are so interesting

  • kanika tibrewal

    Hi , I was just wondering to use pastel dust on metal, ,like enamel what would be the best way?

  • Jennifer Davis

    This looks fun. I'm a beginner.

  • Jennifer Davis

    After baking how come I can break my clay? Is it too thin? But I want a thin piece.

  • Ashley Martinez

    if you use liquid clay and pieces of colored poly clay will it be waterproof

  • Susan Anderson

    Would you do a video on polymer clay hair accessories?

  • Missy Googo

    Oh my God you talk too much. Get to that point. I don't want to sound rude but dammmmm

  • Sheena Vince

    Can you mix chalk colours to air dry clay?I have tried it but it doesn't work well with air dryed clay,I thought it might be easier than painting,any tips?thank you

  • Carolyn Hayes

    Could you do a demo of a translucent hollow pendant using liquid clay, soft natural clay, and alcohol markers?

  • Christine G

    Thank you so much for sharing. Hugs and purrs

  • Mary Prasad

    One thing to note, pastel dust can be toxic. I recommend reading this article about pastel dust from the Artist's Network (and the comments by the nurse):


    Hello ๐Ÿ™‚ I was wondering if I have baked something and I leave it to cool down and then when it is ready can i then paint it with chalk mixed with sculpey glaze, I baked a beige colour ornament and was wanting to make it look more brown ?

  • Rachelle Glanfield

    Yay! I'm so glad I found you!! Your tutorials are awesome and I love all your tips and tricks!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Question: where can you buy the liquid fimo? I live in Canada, and have only found it on eBay and it is big bucks. lol

  • Cortnie Enns

    HI! Can I use Mod Podge in place of Liquid Clay?

  • Rachel Okeeffe

    hi I was hoping someone can help can u just chalk in steed of chalk pastels if anyone can help let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks

  • LMNOPopsicle

    Think I said this in a video before but I love you!!! You seem to have a video for every polymer clay question I have. Thank you!

  • Sculpted Nostalgia

    I know you said it doesn't really rub off once its applied to raw clay and baked, but if you apply it to already baked clay does it still not rub off or does it then?

  • Sculpted Nostalgia

    Do you know if you can apply the pastel dust to your sculpture once it is baked? Or does it need to be when the clay is unbaked, because I have a pice that I made in multiple firings that I was going to finish with chalk pastel but wasn't sure if it would adhere. Thanks!

  • Kat nip

    What about using liquid chalk pens/markers?

  • Lynn Perez

    I'm completely new to this, and wondered if the Sculpy oven dry clay is supposed to be flexible? Are there any that dry hard like ceramic for example? If you use pastels on unbaked clay, do the colors change after being baked? Interested in knowing if you have ever used gilders paste on clay? I love the stuff, but no idea if it can be used or baked. Can you use the pastels on already baked clay, and how do you finish/protect the piece after coloring? Sorry to have written a book, but I love you videos, and you're so knowledgeable. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’•

  • Kerstin Wirtz

    What liquid clay do you prefer?

  • Leslie McKnight

    Well! I've only watched 2 of your videos and I'm so excited. I am completely new to polymer clay and you videos are fantastic, so I will be continuing to watch and learn. You have so many videos, and I haven't had a chance to look at all of them so if there is a video on my question I apologise. But do you, or anyone else is might read this, do you do this as your business? Or just a hobby?
    I am looking to start an online shop and I am curious to see if y'all can make a good living (not looking to get rich๐Ÿ˜)
    Doing polymer clay? Thank you!!

  • Alyssa Gagne

    How do you clean your mat?

  • Sharon Aur

    Hi there, if I want to use it on baked polymer clay on a face I've made, what could I seal it with ?


    Awesome & Useful Information. Thanks For Sharing

  • Mark Hampton

    Yes please do a fimo video

  • Roberta Lorda Garcia

    What would I use,to protect it from weather, as I plan on mixing pc, omong plants in my outside planters๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Joshua Aditya

    Hi .. thanks for the wonderful video. Very inspiring. If you don't mind , i have a question. So , if i put the chalk into the clay and mix it before baking, will the chalk reduce clay elasticity after baked?

  • Melissa Diotte

    Yes do the Fimo

  • Juanita Smith

    Can I use it in air dry clay? I only work with air dry clay. Thanks

  • Ashley Seward

    How can you remove any pastels from the clay? Ive brushed too much onto a piece, havent baked it yet, and im wondering if there is a way to remove the excess

  • Mary Kay Ryan

    You might already know this, but "soft pastel" means not oil pastel rather than referring to the softness or hardness of the chalk-like pastels. And as far as I understand it, despite the chalk-like quality, soft pastels are not actually chalk. Not sure about this part.

  • Pilar Miller

    can this be used on clay to be fired on kiln as ceramics???

  • Lewis Wolfe

    Thank you, I used chalk pastels mixed with the clay directly and it turned out okay. I still think I put too much into the mix because it breaks easily.

  • Jeannie Winters

    Thank you for such an informative tut!๐Ÿ˜Š I have been looking for a vid on either acrylic or watercoloring on raw or baked premo. Have you tried that? If not, is it possible? And would u do a vid on it?

  • Tarantula family81i

    Don't ever buy artist loft pastells I used them once and it would not put down hardly any color they are extremely hard they don't blend good.and after a while they left in places a hard shine in my pices……if you want to buy good soft pastells that have a great blend and color layout (mayungo soft pastells) ……you can get them on eBay and they are exlent and they don't break the bank….they are all I use in my pices…..thke it from a pastel artist…. You guys need to trust me on this…..don't buy artist loft……get myungo or pro art… can get proart at ac moors stores…..

  • Dena Judge

    Iโ€™m trying to make gears. So far Iโ€™m not too happy with my efforts. Do you have a suggestion?

  • idontwantto

    Can you use this to colour cooked clay? And if so, how do you seal it?

  • gwen keto

    Hi Cindy, I love your tutorials and experience. I have a question about my pastels. I notice that they darken/discolor when baked. I do not overbake and follow the baking temp instructions. Ex: I shaded a, soon to be, glazed donut with that bakery golden tan. I was ecstatic with the color and realism but after I baked my donuts, the golden tan turned to a medium brown. The color was totally off and looked nowhere near my original shading. This also happened on my eclair shading. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅDo you have any suggestions as to why my colors darken?

  • dutchblackgirl

    Tanks for the video i learn a lot from you thank u again! greetings from the Nederlands

  • remember when

    Hi, I really enjoy your Videos. I do have a question: how safe are the different Varnishes for the Skin. They look very nice on the beads, but just wondering about the safety of the varnish.

  • Virginia Lyle

    I see this is an older video but was trying to find out about powder colours. I have some powdered colours that are just like the consistency of scraping the pastels but they are for colouring your home made soap. The only info is Neon Powders. I used to make soap but too busy with my polymer clay. Was curious if you thought it would be safe to use. I will test it out I guess and see how it goes. Thanks for your great video's.

  • Othella La Hue

    good video, I would like to have more info on liquid fimo clay. Thanks

  • SamanthaS

    Hey Cindy! I am not totally sure if you read these anymore but I might as well try. I am new to polymer clay and I was making a everything bagel. To make the seeds, I just used a blade to sprinkle shaving of the chalk pastel onto the bagel. However, after I baked it, all the color completely smeared into each other. I wanted to just make seeds and not have them turn into a gross mess. I use sculpey and baked it in 275 for about 25 minutes. Do you have any suggestions to how to stop this? Thank you!!

  • Asena

    I don't know why but i couldn't find any chalk pastel in local art stores. I'm wondering if there is any chance that hard and chalk pastels are the same thing. And thank you for this informative video ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Daniel Daniel

    Finally got a set after years of searching, found it in another town… First thing I did is a small doughnut and it looks very realistic compared to previous attempts with different paints!

  • Deborah Smith

    Very helpful thanks.

  • Benji Davis

    Can you apply pastels to clay after your piece is baked??

  • Devra Biallas

    I don't normally criticize videosbut I think it might be a service to you to let you know that you need to calm down and slow down and not be so fidgety. It's very distracting and it's hard to listen to you from one thing to another and I really would like to hear what you have to say about them all

  • Jayne Swanson

    Great vdeo. Have you used Derwent inktense blocks on polymer clay. Wondering if the intense colors stay intense after baking the clay. Thanks for the informative video.

  • Elaine Turpin

    Do the chalk pastels get displaced if you brush on a protective finish. I had this happen with mica powder

  • Ali Cleis

    Can you add chalk to a finished product? And then glaze it to hold it in

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  • Sv T

    What is better and can be more fixed,; Is to brush the chalk on the polymer clay surface ( after or before) be baked?
    2. Can I use fixative spray after finish my piece?

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