Donna Downey

Mixed media artist Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force. Donna is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected items into meaningful pieces of self expression. In addition to teaching workshops around the world, she also runs workshops at her studio in North Carolina (USA).

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A list of the workshops that Donna is currently teaching (USA and internationally) can be found here.

Donna uses PanPastel regularly in her artwork. Using PanPastel on it's own for combined with other media for a variety of inspirational mixed media techniques.


Visit Donna’s “Simply Me” blog to read more about her PanPastel adventures: Click Here

Donna Downey’s Online Workshops

Take an online PanPastel class with Donna (below).

Inspired – PanPastel Weekend Workshop

Join Donna Downey at her studio in North Carolina.

Immerse yourself in the art of PanPastel in this 4 day workshop with Donna. Eeach day you will be introduced to new surfaces, tools, substrates, and textures building a working repertoire of techniques as you create you create several beautiful finished pieces PanPastel artwork.

Because drawing is not the purpose of this weekend, Donna will teach you several simple ways to colorize, design an transfer images to create the basic foundation of your work. Then building in bold colorful layers transforming blank backgrounds into dimensional art pieces playing with color, value and placement. Taking it a step further, Donna will show you how to incorporate mixed-media elements and mediums into your PanPastel work.

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Golden Artist Colors Acquires Two Revolutionary Professional Art Materials Brands — PanPastel® and Sofft® Tools

Golden Artist Colors, Inc. is delighted to announce the acquisition of two groundbreaking products, PanPastel® and Sofft® Tools. Co-Creators Ladd Forsline and Bernadette Ward, Colorfin LLC, have grown these products, originally introduced in 2007, into important companion products for pastel and mixed media artists alike.

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Artist Q&A: Beverly Brown

Our latest Q&A is with New York City based artist Beverly Brown. We wanted to share her beautiful PanPastel paintings and to find out more about her creative process and why she uses PanPastel. Beverly used PanPastel Colors for all of the work shown below.

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Artist Q&A: Benjamin Ward

My grandfather was a painter, illustrator, and professor. I grew up sitting on his lap watching him draw. It fascinated me. I had an amazing (and patient, ha) art teacher in high school that nurtured my abilities and helped me create a portfolio that was awarded several scholarships to major art schools.

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Artist Q&A: Lora Murphy

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