Colour Mixing in Pastel

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Colour Mixing in Pastel

A Bite-Sized Course

Level: Beginner

How to mix your colours
When you Don't have a palette

Do you really have to buy lots of pastels to make sure you have all the colours?

Take this short course to learn how to mix your colours

Save yourself a fortune buying pastels - work with what you’ve got

New! Trailer:

A short trailer to give you a flavour....
in the course there will be no distracting music: when I talk, there will be no other sounds (except maybe the scratching of a pastel stick)

Pastel Colour Mixing

Pastel Colour Mixing

A bite-sized course

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After payment you will receive an email inviting you to join the course and community. You will need to create an account within Sophie’s Art School so you can log into the course. 

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  • The course includes personal feedback on your work
  • Basic colour mixing with primary colours
  • A painting demonstration in real time
  • Learn how the old masters did it
  • Join in a private community of students
  • 4 Short video lessons (5-10mins each) + extras

All in an easy bite-sized format!

Busting the Myths of Pastel Painting

Colour Mixing in Pastel


Course Structure

Section 1: Video Lessons

Sophie Ploeg pastel colour mixing

Lesson 1

 Mixing colours you don't have

An introduction: what to do when you don't have certain colours.

Lesson 2

Basic colour mixing with primaries

How to mix primary colours and how to apply that technique in a painting

Sophie Ploeg colour mixing in pastel

Lesson 3

A painting demonstration

A painting demonstration showing how I layer and mix my colours. Painting a green pot with a million shades of green....

Lesson 4

How did the Old Masters do it?

A quick look at some old-master pastel painting for inspiration and ideas.

Section 2: Pick up Your Pastels

Lesson 1

Your Turn

Pick up your pastels and try out what you’ve learned.

Lesson 2

Share and Learn

Share your work in the private course community. Get feedback from Sophie and your fellow students.

Were you told you need a gazillion pastel sticks because you cannot mix colours?

You CAN mix colours and you should mix colours! Creating art is not ‘paint by numbers’ and so we do not need a ready-made colour for everything. We mix in order to create subtle shades, transitions and liveliness. Your own unique way of mixing will emerge and contribute to your own style.

Take this short course to learn how to layer your colours and create the most amazing shades

Sophie Ploeg

I have been painting with soft pastel for 30 years and have always loved the medium. My pastel paintings have been published in The Pastel Journal (US)  and Artists & Illustrators Magazine (UK); they have been exhibited at the Pastel Society and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters amongst many others.  I have taught pastel workshops and written articles on pastel. Soft pastel is one of the most versatile, expressive, yet subtle paintings mediums I know, and I look forward to sharing my passion with pastel with you. 

Sophie Ploeg Artist