Welcome to this Step by Step Tutorial of a Northumberland sky in Soft Pastels on Canson Mi-tientes 'Touch' paper in Brown. The Tutorial below is aimed at those interested in learning how to create soft and delicate tonal backgrounds in Soft Pastels and is aimed at those new to Pastels. The high quality Unison Pastels have been used for this tutorial but you can try this exercise out using any Pastel brand (not Pastel pencils) using the colour guide beside the reference image to select your own choices, however it is not important to match them exactly. Pastels work well on textured paper to minimise 'pastel drop' and are easier to blend on papers such as Pastelmat or Mi-tientes Touch but there are many others out there which are preferred by Artists as they suit their style the best. Although it is not the only way to work with Pastels, this tutorial is based on my own preference that I have found works best for me. Pastels are a great medium in that you can easily cover up mistakes by simply applying another colour over the top and are fun to work with, obviously they can be messy and I do always stipulate that this medium can produce a lot of dust so ideally wear a mask or if you plan working with Pastels on a regular basis ensure you work in a well ventilated room and do some research on safe working spaces for Pastellists.