In progress mixed media painting

This is what's on my workdesk this week!  I am in the middle of a mixed media collage including some of my watercolor illustrations and ephemera from my big ol' paper stash.  The white areas are going to have added color and patterns.  I just got a supply of pan pastels in the mail today, which I already love so much!  Yes, they are expensive, but I have found that when I buy a bunch of supplies, I end up using them in one way or another throughout the years.  They are such good quality with a creamy smoothness that I love.  Plus you can blend them on top of areas you've already painted with acrylics (when dry, of course.) 

14 comments

sandee said...

I've been hearing a lot lately about pan pastels and thinking I might get some too, they do sound yummy! Loving your collage with all its pretty colors and paintings! waving hi from the warm and sunny hills of North Carolina :)

Crystal said...

Very pretty! :-)

Julia Dunnit said...

Ooh Marcia this is so pretty, am loving the cheerful and opaque-ness of your colouring...is it all pastels?

Terrie said...

This looks so amazing - a delicious collection of images and colors. We already knew creativity lived on your desk, it's fun to see this project!

Netty said...

Terrific work and loving the fab colours, x

May said...

Beautiful work, love the colours and images, Fantastic, Have a good week, Hugs May x x x

MvM-design said...

Love those colors!!
Quickly watching all those lovely desks!!
Have a happy WOYWW Wednesday :)))
Watch mine too, I've an awesome announcement on my BLOG(click)
Hugs Marleen ;-)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh wow..so vibrant ...fabulous!

Ali H said...

Great fun artwork on your desk this week - love the bright, happy colours !
Not tried the pan pastels but have heard they are great to work with - what would they do that acrylic paints dont ?
Have a great week !
Ali #157

Beachstudio said...

Color Color Color ! So cheerful and yummy!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

I like this gridded construction piece very much Marsha, nice, nice work! xox Corrine

Marcia said...

Thanks! I love the colors too. I started with layers of acrylic paints and then a bit of the pan pastels in areas on top of the lighter colors. The pan pastels are very much like chalk pastels but come in a little jar. You put them on with something that looks like a makeup sponge or spongy applicator. Actually, I just used some eyeshadow applicators I had lying around. I've heard so many people raving about them I had to buy them. I don't know if you could really do a whole painting on canvas with them, but it's nice for some bright, easy accents. On paper, they are very smooth and have a soft, ethereal effect.

CraftygasheadZo said...

Wow colour-tastic! Amazing piece. Hey ho it's Friday but I'm still snooping the WOYWW desks & loving every minute of it! Take care Zo xx 33

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm having a terrible time getting Blogger to cooperate with me, but I wanted to see that mixed media piece your are working on. I am in love with it. I've never used the pan pastels, but I hear they are fabulous. Glad to get your opinion of them, too.