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What are some tips for using pastels?
I love painting and drawing. I am trying to expand my art capabilities by using pastels. Does anyone have tips, or a good reference I could learn from? This is what I have done so far.
To answer that question, you would have to specify which type of pastels. Oil pastels? Soft pastels? Hard pastels? Water soluble pastels? They all have different properties.
I have been working with oil pastels. Are there any tricks to blending the colors together? I just used my fingers but after awhile it became messy and I was running out of fingers to use to not mess up a certain color.
Try using paper blending stumps instead of your fingers. Also, blending works best with colors that are close to each other on the color wheel. It's easier to blend yellow and green, which are adjacent, than it is to blend yellow and purple.
Thank you for the advice! I found out by doing the piece above it was definitely easier to blend adjacent colors.Although I love contrasting colors. But to do it more gradually I can see it being easier.
When I used to work with oil pastels I would carefully blend them w/ a small amount of turpentine on a brush or a cotton swab. Paper stumps or tortillions work well with this technique too. It gives the pastels more of a paint consistency:)
You can wrap a cloth around a sponge move the cloth when you need a clean edge to blend. It keeps your hands cleaner.
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