Why Pop Art is Better in Pastel
It’s hard to imagine anything that pastels can’t make better, but a new trend of mixing pastels
with pop art is one marriage that feels particularly meant to be.
Pop art has always been a fun outlet for regurgitating the stream of images constantly coming at
us, and the usual vibrant and neon palette mirrors that intensity. Pop art gets its edge from
harshness, which is great, but not exactly chill. Pastels mellow out that madness with their mint
greens, sky blues and pale pinks. The zany fun of pop art is still there, but with a gentler touch
that just oozes coolness.
If you love pop art, or pastels, or just making art in general, this might be worth a closer look.
With just a mobile phone or tablet, you can create amazing pastel pop canvases. We’re using
PicsArt picture editor, a free app that is perfect for any spontaneous project.
Here are five mobile editing tips on how you can dip your toes into pastel pop.
1. Clipart Gluttony
We are all obsessed with food in varying degrees, and tapping into mass obsession is what
makes pop art effective, so any commercial food is a good idea for this project. PicsArt’s Clipart
library has a menu loaded with food options for instant collage making fun. After all, what says
“pop” more than images premade for mass use? Don’t forget to serve it up on a pastel platter.
2. Making a PPR Sandwich
Forget the BLT, we’re talking PPR: Pastel, Pop, and Retro. There is a nostalgic element to
pastels that evokes the coral sunglasses and mint bikinis of the 60s. Carry that nostalgia
through to your choice in pop images, and grab them from retro pop culture.
3. Tying Things Together
With PicsArt, you can mix photos, Clipart and drawings to create original artwork, but it’s how
you tie everything together that counts. Experiment with how different elements fit together, and
tie them to your background by painting a shadow in the Drawing Tool. A small touch can make
a big difference in how connected everything feels.
4. Managing Space
If your image feels too lonely suspended in a pastel void, try dividing your space into different
colors. Not only is the contrast interesting, but the dividing lines between them make a huge
difference in how the space in your image guides the eye. In this image, the horizontal line in
the background mirrors the horizontal divide in the donut between the frosting and the pastry.
5. Random Fun
Get in touch with the more absurd aspects of your sense of humor when you create. Flip things
on their heads, make faces out of objects, and maintain an element of randomness in
everything you do. It’s not a science, it’s an art, and some of the best art is made by fun and
Download the PicsArt app for free on Android, iOS or Windows Phone to dip your toes
into pastel pop!