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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s the perfect time to start adding some nature scenes to your art projects.
Luckily, Southern Hodgepodge has just what you need to get started. Their newest book, A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels, has recently been released.
There are 10 pastel projects included in this book, such as:
- a bird’s nest
- quilts on the line
- a rainbow
- jonquil in a mason jar
- three little chicks
We chose the rainbow project!
Learning Something New
To me, spring always brings along a feeling of hope and excitement. It’s a great season to start a project or to learn something new.
Everyone chose their paper (shaded or white) and got started.
First, we added the grass and path for the foreground and then moved to the star of the project – the rainbow!
Two Things we Discovered
- Different brands of chalk will produce varying results.
Some chalk is softer than others and requires very little pressure or strokes to cover an area. This was the first time we used a different brand of chalk and it wasn’t as soft as ours. This meant that we needed to color in more of the surface area than we usually do.
It’s not a big deal, but we learned to test new pastels before using them, to see how they will color.
- Chalk is a great medium for new artists.
Most of our friends were unsure about this project because they didn’t think they had a lot of artistic ability. They tend to favor history and science over art.
However, once they got started, they saw there was no right or wrong way to create. Chalk is a very forgiving medium, making it perfect for beginners.
Everyone produced a uniquely beautiful picture!
To be honest, I haven’t found a season that doesn’t work well with chalk pastels, but I really love how the beauty of spring can be depicted in this art medium.