eBook Review & Giveaway ~ A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels


I have checked out several of the pastels posts by my fellow blogger friend Tricia over at Hodgepodge so I was super excited to have the opportunity to do a review and giveaway of her (and her mother’s) new ebook A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels.

This is a 100 page ebook covering some basics of art and pastels but mostly it has MANY projects you can do covering: landscapes, weather, food, trees, birds, flowers & butterflies and seasonal things. Each “project” has pictures to help guide, a supply list, tips and step by step instructions.

Please keep in mind that I am NOT creative and that I am a “follow the instructions” kind of person. I have a VERY hard time with generalities. Let’s just say the instructions in this ebook are very general. *wink* They leave plenty of room for individual creativity, which is hard for me, but works very good with this!

I will mention that somehow I missed that this is supposed to be done with soft pastels – and we have hard pastels – keep that in mind as you are looking at the pictures below. Here are what my family made…we had A LOT of fun working on all of these TOGETHER. It was some nice family time that didn’t involve technology. BONUS!

At first, I read the directions to the project titled “A Path to the Beach” and had everyone do their own picture. This is what we came up with:



Hubby (who is very artistic):




P (almost 5 year old):


Then J and I did one we each liked. Here is J’s “storm cloud”:


And my flower:


Here are some samples from the ebook:







And now…to giveaway one free copy of this wonderful eBook! Enter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This ebook sells for $19.99 and can be purchased HERE.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.


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12 thoughts on “eBook Review & Giveaway ~ A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels

  1. SarahKay January 17, 2013 at 6:48 am Reply

    I love the idea of the pictures as sometimes a written description telling me what to do just doesn’t go into my visual brain.


  2. Kerri E January 17, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    We are very excited to start these tutorials as part of our Fun Friday activities in our homeschool!


  3. Sarah MK January 17, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    This would help me teach art to the kids!


  4. Kim W. January 17, 2013 at 8:02 am Reply

    We used pastels for the 1st time this year and the kids LOVED it! I would to win this book to give us more ideas on things to draw!


  5. Christina January 17, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

    This would encourage me to include more art in my homeschool.


  6. Melissa January 17, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    I love that this book will hold my hand as we enter the world of pastels.


  7. hilary January 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply

    I have two budding artists who would love to do pastels.


  8. Jessica January 18, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    I like that there are multiple projects.


  9. Laura January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply

    It looks like something that could easily be used with multiple ages and abilities. That’s what I need right now!


  10. Kristi January 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I love pastels! I think they’re just so pretty, and really capture the (at least… my) imagination!


  11. Albena January 24, 2013 at 3:51 am Reply

    I’ve bought a set of chalk pastels but they stay almost untouched. It looks like the book is starting with simple basic projects that would be great for novices.


  12. hminnesota January 29, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply

    I love the endless possibilities with these pastels in the book


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