Pastel painting

Soft pastel is a very fascinating and adaptable painting medium. Pastel is here to stay. Pastel societies, worldwide, have developed and endure. “Hobbyists and professionals enjoy soft pastels for their distinct appearance and application methods.” Many will find pastel painting difficult and messy. Guidelines will help most problems. Practice makes perfect when painting with pastels, just like with any other creative media.

Git in, have at it.

Pastel can be used for line drawing and hatching, and on its side for broader artistic effects. See below if you work softly or use more pressure to make different marks. You can blend with your fingers or tissue, or you can hatch, layer, or combine. There are countless methods to paint with pastels. Go ahead and try them! Try different tactics and observe what they do. Blending will soften and blend your colours. Using the flat side will help you to keep painterly while working with shape and planes. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to tactics. Don’t just blindly follow the crowd, experiment and find what interests you.

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Rub the paper

It is difficult to use soft pastels, especially when your paper’s tooth is full, and you cannot add any more pastel to your painting. Don’t keep painting after this stage, you will wind up with muddied, messy, blotchy works. Pastel is quite good for fast sketching because of this. If you spend a short time painting, you will not run into a whole set of teeth. However, if you want to invest more time into your painting, or work in layers, you’ll need a smoother paper with less pressure. Lighter strokes apply more layers. Using a few light strokes won’t produce much of a mark at first, and may appear unusual. However, by working lightly, you’ll have the opportunity to rectify faults, improve depth, and blend other colours. You get a break by tickling the paper. Work slowly and you will save yourself trouble.

Prevent the loss of images

Wet pastels are the rule in the soft-palette world. Pastel paintings easily produce paint when you touch them. When you layer one color over another, they will blend. Like when working with oils or acrylics, you can’t wait for a layer to dry before continuing. Beginners are frustrated by this. If your colour isn’t quite right, it’s only natural to work to improve it. This layering might be helpful if you learn how to apply it. The two colours will initially blend. If you attempt to get from black to white with your paint, you will struggle since the colours will mingle. In order to thoroughly paint over the offending black, you will need a piece of paper with very strong teeth. I always advocate using good toothy heavyweight pastel paper because of this. Paper without tooth offers the ability to paint more perfectly.

However, avoid all circumstances anyway. Keep your darkest darks, your lightest lights, and your richest colors for later. Use low contrast to begin painting and begin with darker areas. When your painting is ready, then go ahead and introduce dark, highlight, and deep color into the picture. Because if you put it in the wrong location, it will be much more difficult to remove!

Watch out for dust

Powdered pigment and a little quantity of binder are mixed together to make a soft pastel (and not fall apart). It’s that simple. Cheaper products frequently include more additives, whereas more costly pastels are almost always 100% pigment. Pigment is powdered. The paint will adhere effectively if you operate with a soft touch. To remove pastel dust, press hard. Creating no dust is most often tough to prevent. But, keeping it to a minimal is still possible!

Work vertically (utilise an easel) to ensure pastel dust falls and doesn’t sit on your painting (creating a mess). Check easel ledge often or use a vacuum cleaner with a suitable filter.

Don’t force pastel paints too much but work lightly. Keep it light if a lot of pastel dust comes off.

When some pastel brands are dustier than others, you should try to select a different brand.

The dust is generally nontoxic, so no masks or gloves are required. If you’re sensitive to dust in general, you should take personal measures.

Keep your desk tidy. Regularly sweep up dust.