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post #11 of Old 10-21-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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You did a very nice job on this piece.

I do pastels also, it comes very easy for me.

I blend with blending stumps (tortillions) and my finger. I keep a damp washcloth for cleaning up my fingers and hands.

Purchase good quality pastels the pigment is better. Spray fixative is a must for each layer spray VERY lightly before starting next layer. Some of my pastel paintings have 6 layers. Be carefull not to over spray, you will melt the pastel and possibly ruin a piece you have hours of work into. Be carefull not to fill the tooth of the paper also. If the tooth is filled, forget the next layer, it's done.

Practice, practice and practice some more. Pastels can be fun.

I've never heard of the layers technique but it makes soooooo much sense thank you soooooo much for the tip!
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I apply the base color, spray, next layer, spray, so on and so forth. Just like a creating a painting with paint and brushes. Same, start from back and work your way to the foreground. Obiously the top layer will be hair, fine details, and highlights.

Your pastel should look like a regular painting when completed.

Oil pastels can be melted with paint thinner to give it the watercolor look also. Just experiment with different types of pastels and have fun.

It's always a good day when you wake up, don't sweat the small stuff.
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