So...to start I grabbed my Mixed Media I and II Pan Pastels, some sponges (they come with the pastels and we sell them separately) and my small journal.
Since everything needs "splotty dots" I had to add some to this piece. This is just some watered down paint that I picked up with a paint brush to flick the paint on to the page.
Then i just added a sentiment (from Sweet 'n Sassy) and the date. Since this is more of a "practice" page for me, I didn't add a ton of layers. I more wanted to see how I did at laying down colors, created the tree shape, etc. Next step is to try another page with the gesso as I think I'll get more depth of color. Did you know that you can also create your own pastel colors by mixing in white for lighter shades and black for darker? This was a tip Donna shared in her class. This means that you can do a ton of work with just her Mixed Media I and II packages without needing to purchase a bunch of extra pastels. I love those kinds of tips...helps you get more out of what you already have!
I hope you enjoyed today's project and you're encouraged to get out there and try some new products and new technique!! Something wonderful does happen every day...especially when it comes to making ART!