Playing with Pastels

The little man has never been particularly interested in art. He has been a builder and a reader. But, recently, he has become interested in drawing. So, I read two books from the DIY Bundle, Chalk Pastels Through the Seasons and Getting Started In Chalk Pastels, both by Lucia Hames and Tricia Hodges, and also checked out some free video tutorials available on the Southern Hodge Podge website and decided to give chalk pastels a try.

The little man and his art set.


We have a very inexpensive set of chalk pastels that I purchased online, and some nice-ish drawing paper I picked up at Michaels. Since we have a lovely, real wood live-edge table, I thought it was best to cover it with something. A cheap shower curtain from the dollar store did the trick. (Would you believe that I couldn’t find any table cloths?!)

Our beautiful artwork.


I think we made some pretty nice art given that neither the little man nor I are experienced with chalk pastels. He drew the top two pieces (mixed media with the addition of markers, water colours, and oil pastels), and I did the bottom two. I’m sure I’ve said many times that I’m no artist, but I had a whole lot of fun drawing with my little guy this afternoon. I wonder if I can convince him to try stitching next?

The proud artist with his work.


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6 Responses to Playing with Pastels

  1. Catherine says:

    I would positively frame that wonderful work.
    Nice job.


  2. Heather says:

    Great work. Another bonus… If you guys wet the chalk you can use it in your hair to make blue or green or whatever color streaks!

  3. Kate says:

    They’re all beautiful masterpieces, Heather 🙂 And the best part is the memories you shared together.

  4. Gracie says:

    How fun to create with your son…. great job.

  5. Christie says:

    Looks like such fun, especially with all of those bright colours laid out on the table! I love the photo of your proud artist displaying his work. 🙂

  6. You both did great. The smile on his face really says it all.