The term “Pastel Painting” is a popular oxymoron used by the art world. I often wondered “How can a pastel drawing also painting?”
I got my answer from the video 10 Pastel Tips posted by the Virtual Art Instructor. The application of the pastels – the process of layering and mixing colors – is considered painting with pastels. The painting is in the process not the materials used. Got it!
If you have about 8 minutes, watch this tutorial of 10 helpful tips to improve your “painting” with pastels.
TUTORIAL TIPS I’VE TRIED
- CONSIDER THE SURFACE: I haven’t purchased pastel paper yet. Using some leftover watercolor paper for a more textured surface. Love the amount of layers I can apply.
- BLEND AND UNBLEND: OMG! I can be a blending fool – smoothing out every mark. I experimented with this tip in this picnic scene. I’ve blended sky, flowers and cloth. But left the layered marks on the basket and grass unblended.
- STAY LOOSE AND WORK QUICKLY: This tip helped me to start loose at the beginning of the drawing just to get the the color on the paper.
- BE PATIENT: It is OK just not to rush to try to finish in one sitting, just let the art develop. I can always return to it later.
- FIXATIVE IS OPTIONAL: I’m now spraying fixative midway in the process before adding details. Afterwards I don’t feel compelled to spray a final coat. OK, maybe a spritz or two just to be safe.