Pan Pastel Mediums are additives that alter how colors work, extending the techniques and finished effects that are possible.
Use the Colorless Blender to create transparent effects with PanPastel Colors.
The image below shows how you can use the Colorless Blender to create a transparent effect without changing the hue of the pigment.
By comparison, when using PanPastel White with the same color (Permanent Red 340.5) the effect is different – white will tint the color, changing the final effect and making the color more opaque. Unlike the Colorless Blender which made it more transparent and retained the hue.
One of the most important and unique characteristics of PanPastel Colors is that they are dry (pastel) colors that can be blended like fluid paints. They “flow” even though they are dry. The new Colorless Blender enhances the “flow” and extends the possibilities of blending with PanPastel. Below we compare different blending techniques.
Add Colorless Blender – allows the color to be “pulled” (drawn) much further, increasing the blending possibilities, creating even more “flow” than normal.
Add White – adding white changes the hue by tinting it, making it more opaque.
Using Finger – this doesn’t allow much color to be ”pulled” /drawn out.
(note: using fingers to blend is not only very limiting but is not recommended with artist’s pigments.)
Using Sofft Sponge – the color can be “pulled” further compared to using a finger. In fact, one of the reasons we created Sofft Sponge Bars was to replace the finger for blending.