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HINTS & TIPS

Here you can find all kinds of hints & tips for your pastel work

CREATE BLACK PAPER

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MATERIALS NEEDED
Indian Ink
soft paint brush
Dish or small cup
Blue Tac
Board
Pastelmat
Click on video to watch process

 

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NO STICKY TAPE

MATERIALS
Magnetic White Board
Flexible magnetic strips
Magnetic buttons
Click to watch video

 

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APPLICATORS

There are many ways to apply pastel.
I have tried many over the years, some good and some bad. 
Here are a few that I always use and which I have found to be the best for me.
For Pan Pastels, the "Sofft" applicators which come with plastic handles are good but expensive and don't last through a painting. 
I use normal double ended sponge eye shadow applicators which are very cheap to buy. I'm quite happy throwing them away after use. Used on the edge, you can still get fairly thin lines if needed. Applying colour underpainting before using your Pastel Pencils will give depth to your painting

For backgrounds I use the larger teardrop foundation make up sponges. These come in various sizes, some with pointed ends. These are fantastic for blurry backgrounds & amazing for creating that Bokeh effect.

There are many ways of applying pastel and it is down to personal choice. Everyone finds their own tools and ways, non of which are right or wrong. Experimenting is all part of the fun.
 

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