Jerry's Artarama 2014 Online Summer Contests Winners

Give a Big Hand for the Winners of the 2014 Summer Charvin Painting Contest and the 2014 Summer Mungyo Gallery Pastels Contest

Jerry's Artarama is the proud host of many exciting art contests including our recently completed 2014 Summer Contest Series. With our many yearly contests, Artists have the opportunity to share their art with the world as well as gain fabulous prizes from Jerry's such as Jerry's Artarama eGift Cards

And now we give you the winners of our two most recent contests with Charvin and Mungyo, the 2014 Summer Charvin Painting Contest and the 2014 Summer Mungyo Gallery Pastels Contest:


First Place

Winner: Nancy Andresen of Gypsum, Colorado


"Lone Eyes"

"I enjoy the pleasurable feel of Charvin- A wonderful palette of colors to work with, high quality, and immensely satisfying."

Second Place

Winner: Cande Sagan of Hammond Indiana


"The Unseen"

"I have been using Charvin oils for many years now and I continue to be amazed and excited to paint with the rich buttery colors that are so vivid and true to life. They will always be on palette for every painting I do."

Third Place

Winner: Marie Linnus of Delray Beach, Florida



"Over the years I have tried most of the major oil paints and find the very consistency of texture and blendability of Charvin oil paint is always there. Very happy with the constant results I can achieve with Charvin. Thank you Charvin."

Click here to see our Honorable Mentions


First Place

Winner: Celeste Rickert of Tomball, Texas


"American Beauty"

"There seriously is only one word to describe Mungyo Gallery soft pastels...AMAZING!!! I have been working with pastels for almost a year now and honestly can say hands down, these are the best. I have tried every pastel imaginable out there and you can not go wrong with these. Whether you're a beginner or expert in the medium, there is no other brand with the type of texture and pigment like Mungyo. Thank you Jerry's for carrying these! Not sure what I'd do without you guys!"

 Second Place

Winner: Pam Neighbors of Clemmons, North Carolina


"Early Dance"

"My appreciation for Mungyo pastels continues to grow. Because of the excellent quality, wide range of colors, and affordable price, I am always happy to recommend these pastels to other artists. Thank you for creating such a fine product. It is a pleasure to create paintings with them."

Third Place

Winner: Debbie Anderson of Macon, Georgia



"I have used Mungyo Gallery Soft Square Pastels for over 10 years. The sticks are firm enough to allow for a crisp edge, yet soft enough for superb blending."

Click here to see our Honorable Mentions

Congrats to all of our winners. For your chance to show off your work and win fabulous prizes and Jerry's eGift Cards, be sure to check out our Contest Page for our many art contests we host throughout the year!


Artist Spotlight Reviews- Mungyo Handmade Soft Pastels with Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

A Review of Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels

by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson, artist and art instructor


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson of Wind and Honey Creations is a pencil artist who focuses her art on the delights of life.  Elizabeth teaches the intricacies of drawing at all skill levels to a collection of students worldwide through online workshops and classes at CreativePencils.com  Learn more about Elizabeth in our featured Artist Spotlight post, and enjoy her demonstration here of the Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels

The Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels are a joy with which to paint.  They are very soft lending themselves to a very free creative approach.   And yet as I used them on the UART Sanded Pastel Paper, I found that I also had as much control of the placement of the colors as I could have wished.


The colors are vivid and scrumptious.  There is a wide range of beautiful colors to choose from - 96 colors in all..  The pigments are light fast and fade resistant.  And they blend very nicely.  These pigments lay down clearly and beautifully on the paper.  You will be tempted to try all the colors, as am I.  So it is helpful that the Mungyo Soft Pastels are an affordable price.


These very soft pastels may be blended with a blending stump or if you prefer to be more tactile with your art, your fingers.   Even though the colors blend well, they are also strong enough to layer boldly on top of a previously drawn portion of your painting.   For my example I have created a painting with lots of blending and layering of color.  As you can see the Mungyo Handmade Soft Pastels handled the task well.  I enjoyed working with them and will use them again.  I have already recommended them to some of my pastel loving students.




Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels
Creative Mark Paper Blending Stumps 
UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper 
SpectraFix Non Toxic Pastel Fixative


Watch as Elizabeth demonstrates a painting using the Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels


Elizabeth Gyles Johnson purchases all of her artist pencils from Jerry's Artarama because of their customer service and great packing of delicate artist pencils for shipping. Here are some other drawings Elizabeth has done with pencils purchased from Jerry's Artarama.


Other Reviews by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Tuff Stuff Eraser by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews- Reflexions Pocket Journal by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson

Artist Spotlight Reviews-Matisse Structure Acrylics by Elizabeth Gyles Johnson


Coloring: The Best for Dealing with Stress

Cut Down on Stress with a Colouring Book

A new craze is taking over France for all those looking to de-stress their lives: coloring in coloring books. These new adult colouring books have been popping up left and right and French doctors are actually prescribing women coloring time in order to relieve stress from their every day lives. .

Doctors have been searching for a different solution to the problem of over-stressing since France currently leads every other country in the amount of the population on anti-depressants. Even art companies are now listing their coloring books as "art therapy" and as "stress relief"

Many see coloring as a form of active meditation and if you spend about half an hour simply coloring each day, you will feel better. Coloring gives people a creative outlet as well as a low-stress concentration and exertion with bright colors that can lower anxiety. Coloring also lets the brain free up thoughts to think about people value in life and divert energy into something constructive.


Coloring in books has also been seen as a better form of stress release than watching television or playing video games which do relieve stress, but not for a prolonged time.  

Feel like trying this new stress reducing method out for yourself? Jerry's Artarama has a wide selection of colored pencils from Faber-Castell Polychromos with high lightfast ratings, to SoHo Urban Artist Colored Pencils with their smooth, buttery consistency and 72 vibrant colors.


Jerry's also has a new line of much anticipated, adult colouring books coming soon from Pepin. Pepin Colouring Books feature light line guides, superior, acid-free drawing paper and stunning designs and themes from around the world. These already growing in popularity adult colouring books will be available online from Jerrysartarama.com November 13th!


Jerry's would love to know how coloring and art helps you relieve your stress and anxiety, so tell us all about it in the comments below!



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