Soft pastel portrait by Cristina Parus @
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Soft pastels portrait on packaging paper art journal

Remember my brown packaging paper art journal? It’s time to draw again and fill in the pages! It’s been a while since I haven’t used my soft pastels, and today I grab them and drew this face:

Va mai amintiti de jurnalul din hartie de imapchetat? E timpul sa desenez iar ceva in el! A trecut ceva timp de cand nu am mai desenat cu pastelurile cretate, iar astazi a sosit timpul sa desenez o noua fata:

Soft pastel portrait by Cristina Parus @

I was inspired by an old photo with vintage colors and since I only have a set of brown soft pastels, it was just perfect to try this face. 

M-am inspirat dupa o poza veche in culori vintage si cum am doar un set de pasteluri maro, a fost perfect pentru a desena aceasta fata.

Soft pastel portrait by Cristina Parus @

And the paper brown color helps a lot when drawing faces. It’s like you already have a background for the skin, and that shows up in the final result.

Iar culoarea hartiei maro ajuta mult atunci cand desenezi fete. E ca si cum ai avea deja un fundal pentru tonul fetei, iar asta se vede in rezultatul final.

Soft pastel portrait by Cristina Parus @

Oh, well, there she is! The only problem I see with soft pastels is that you have to use a fixative to help them stay on the paper. That’s one of the reasons I don’t use them too often. 

Ei bine, e gata! Singura problema cu pastelurile cretate este ca trebuie sa le fixezi cu un fixativ special pentru ca acestea sa stea pe pagina. Asta e unul dintre motivele pentru care nu folosesc prea des pasteluri cretate.

2 thoughts on “Soft pastels portrait on packaging paper art journal

  1. I read that soft pastels are ideal for toned paper. In this case, your toned paper is the brown packaging paper! I say that’s a more eco-friendly approach to painting in pastels. 🙂

    1. I really love the fact that it takes all the pressure of ruining the paper if something goes “wrong” and you don’t actually get the desired result. That makes it more easy to express yourself and let go! 😉

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