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on: December 17, 2016, 08:11:50 AM
After seeing the incredibly beautiful pastels that other PB-ers have done, I had to give it a try.

I bought a little 4-pack of Pentalic soft pastels - sticks of black, white, sepia, and sanguine.  I used just the sepaia and sanguine to draw this tree.


This is a BEFORE tree.  I did not watch any pastel lessons, so just tried to figure out how to do it myself with the bare minimum of supplies.  I did use sketch pad paper that was approved for pastel work (90g/m2).

I am not sure that I am proficient enough in the other media to take on another one, especially since working with the pastels did not excite me.

I am open to your thoughts.

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Reply #1 on: December 17, 2016, 08:43:58 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Mea, you have done a great job for the first time with pastels.  I love pastels for they are so forgiving.  Don't give up on them so quickly, give them a chance and you will see what I mean.  They are a little messy and you have to have a damp cloth to wipe your hands often unless, you wear gloves but you will really like them once you get a nice set with more colours.


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Reply #2 on: December 17, 2016, 11:47:18 AM
Thanks, Patricia.

I will add pastels to my to-do list for the new year.

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Reply #3 on: December 17, 2016, 10:54:11 PM
Very good for a first try - especially without looking at any lessons  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #4 on: December 18, 2016, 03:20:19 PM
Hi Mea.  As you know I am totally addicted to pastels.  They are super forgiving, can be layered easily and have a brilliant quality.  I agree that what you have available is not that exciting to work with but I like your drawing.  One of the downsides to pastels is the expense of filling in all the colors one might need.  I found that ebay was a great place to get a beginning set from artists who are closing shop.  Also, there are so many kinds of pastels.  The harder ones (Nupastels are pretty cheap and can really be used for an entire painting or only as an underpainting)  Rembrandts are great workhorse pastels and are softer than Nupastels.  Ebay has alot of them.  The very soft ones are used for final layers, have great pigmentation but are more expensive.  You can produce some great stuff with just the first two I mentioned.  Take some of Dennis' classes for some experience.  Also I found that the ground makes all the difference.  The MiTientes paper is cheap and fine.  I prefer the sanded papers for the wonderful texture but they are pricey.  I have discovered that I can make my sanded paper cheaply but mixing pumice found at the hardware store (medium grade) with acrylic gesso and paint it onto gatorboard or illustration board.  Several coats works great and can by colored with acrylic paint added to the gesso.  Way too much info.  I know!!!


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Reply #5 on: December 21, 2016, 05:42:22 AM
Very well done for a first go Mea, especially with such limited colours and no lesson!!!  :heeha:

When I first started with the pastel I had a little 12 piece set that I bought on a whim in Martinique even before we had any pastel lessons.  :crazy2: I was excited just hearing others talk about them! lol  I had no idea there were different types, hardness, etc.  I was disappointed and had such a difficult time that I backed away from them, but after seeing what could be done with them.... WOW... you know how I am.  :D :2funny: I found the pan pastel, and they were on sale... and well, there you go. They are different from working with the sticks everyone here uses, but I am getting the hang of them. I love them. I have the 24 colour Painting Set and hope to be able to add some more colours to make shading a bit easier. I think I'd like to try some sticks for background underpainting....

Don't pass the pastels too quickly, they are really amazing to work with if you follow Dennis. I haven't done many of the lessons, but I try to watch each one if I can..... AND if Dennis wouldn't keep adding gorgeous new subjects I would stop jumping about so much!!!   :D    :2funny:
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Reply #6 on: December 21, 2016, 05:55:04 AM
I have discovered that I can make my sanded paper cheaply by mixing pumice found at the hardware store (medium grade) with acrylic gesso and paint it onto gatorboard or illustration board.  Several coats works great and can be coloured with acrylic paint added to the gesso.

LYNN!!!  :heeha:   I just read your post. This is brilliant! I have two 4' x 4' 3/8" sheets of marine ply I am 'supposed' to be using for light shelving in my yet to be constructed studio...  :think: ...if I cut it into more manageable sizes, do you think your recipe would work on the wood?
(only one piece, Lloyd is going to  :hang: me from the yardarm!   :sweat: Wait! We don't have one! Saved!  :yippee: )
Cheers, Val

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Reply #7 on: December 21, 2016, 12:23:34 PM
Val, can't think of any reason wouldn't work. I paint it on with a foam brush, vertically and then horizontally until covered. It is good to add a medium toned gray acrylic paint  to the mix as saves on your pastels.


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Reply #8 on: December 21, 2016, 12:27:15 PM
 :think: Now all I have to do is find acrylic gesso!  :faint:
Cheers, Val

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