Sydney McGinley – Metallics
April 18, 2014
New Pearlescent Mediums
August 1, 2014

Colorless Blender

The first Colorless Blender for soft pastels….

The PanPastel Colorless Blender is a medium that can be used for a variety of effects including extending/diluting PanPastel Colors, increasing transparency without changing the color. And for enhancing the color “flow”.

The Colorless Blender also has all the characteristics of PanPastel Colors i.e. mixable, erasable, low dust, lightfast and professional artist’s quality. Ref. 20010

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.

The image below compares the Colorless Blender vs other techniques to change PanPastel Permanent Red.

Colorless Blender Only – allows the color to be “pulled” (drawn) much further, increasing the blending possibilities, creating even more “flow” than normal.

Adding 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.

Comparison Colorless Blender, White, Sponge, Finger sml

Use the Colorless Blender to create transparent effects with PanPastel Colors. The image below shows how you can create a transparent effect without changing the hue of the pigment. When you use PanPastel White with the same color you can see the effect below. White will tint the color, changing the final effect and making the color more opaque. Unlike the blender which made it more transparent.

Comparison Colorless Blender vs White sl

Colorless Blender can also be used with other media, and we will explore those further soon.
Information the other new PanPastel Mediums can be found here: MEDIUMS RANGE