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Working With Pastels

Postby shari » Wed May 16, 2012 8:00 am

Yesterday I was in a cafe, with a resident artist. Her work was brilliant.
All done in pastels. Does anyone else here work in this medium. It seems
like the hobby I have been looking for. Dont really know anything about what paper to buy.
Or best value pastels to get ect. I would be very grateful for any advice :easter3:
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby Graciebaby » Wed May 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Hi,
I think the best thing to do is find a really good art equipment shop. Have a really good browse because there are all sorts of pastels out there which you can buy individually or in a boxed set. There's also the chalk/stick type and the pencil type (you get better control and definition with the pencil type) You may find it best to get a sort of starter box with all the basic colours in and then decide what colours you need later to add to your range.
A good art shop should also be able to recommend the type of paper or card you need and also fixative sprays etc for preserving your work and preventing smudging once completed.

Very best of luck :-)
I think once you get going, you won't be able to stop! It's a lovely way to spend time as well.
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby shari » Wed May 16, 2012 6:17 pm

Thanks Gracie :-)

I found out the artist who owns that cafe does hourly workshops too. And at £12.50 an hr, it isnt expensive.
I will look in our local art shop, they will sort me out. Thanks for your advice.
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby loubie » Wed May 16, 2012 6:28 pm

try putting it in google
you mite even get some video's on YouTube :-D
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby shari » Wed May 16, 2012 8:34 pm

Thanks Loubie,

I looked on Youtube. Have a look at the artist Nicola Gibbs, website, based in Godshill Isle Of Wight.
Im hoping to get a class with her. :-P
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby MichelleJ » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:05 pm

Hey, I do pastels. Both oil pastels and soft pastels and crayon pastels. The art shop have the paper in sections but basic sketch book paper is fine to get used to it. I sketch with pastels in mine and do bigger pieces on coloured pastel paper. As regards fixing your work, oil pastel doesn't need fixing but chalk/soft and pencil ones do. Yuo don't need to buy expensive specialist fixer, hairspray works perfectly! Its a tip I learnt in art class at school so all mine get fixed with my hairspray and have never smudged afterwards. I also fix pencil sketches with hairspray too. what I'd say to you is buy a set of sketching pencils and a sketch book too and just draw as much as you can, anything at all, like I say I do a mixture of mediums in my sketch book as its the only way to really improve and learn new ways of doing things and getting the effects you want. I also do watercolour which comes less naturally to me as not done it so much but I really love it so practising and improving all the time. good luck with it, I really love my art.
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Re: Working With Pastels

Postby denys » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:32 pm

I sometimes work with chalks on my card making and was told t use hairspray too, but use the cheap brands as they dont have so many conditioners in them so dont mark the card or paper :-D :-D :-D :-D
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