Pastel Questions & Tips (34)

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After years of not working with pastels, I have decided to return to my roots.  I began with them as a child.  One of my most favorite thin…

Started by Mary K Capen

2 Feb 9, 2015
Reply by Kathie Patterson

An Oil Pastel Portrait!

Help! I am absolutely lost! I cannot get a good skin tone on an oil pastel portrait this is the first one I have ever done. It is very diff…

Started by Skylar Tucker

2 Aug 6, 2014
Reply by Vanessa Pace

How to clean Pastel Brush ?

Hello everyone, i'm newbie and a newbie in using Pastel Brush( Hours hair ) :) !!! Image here : i use them for SOft pastel, i crash the pas…

Started by Anh Nguyen

3 Jun 24, 2014
Reply by Sandra Haley

How to get depth

I have done this little picture myself and thought id put base colours and shadows but I think it is really lacking depth and im rather dis…

Started by Lisa Booker Bown

5 Feb 2, 2014
Reply by Lisa Booker Bown

Storing Soft Pastel painting

Hello, I don't want to frame all of the soft pastel paintings I've done. How do I store them in a portfolio without ruining them? 

Started by Kelley Brautigam

2 Jan 27, 2014
Reply by john david anderson

Colour of paper

Hi everyone, im in a bit of a dilemma, you see I've been using white pastel paper and am finding that when I want to put white highlights e…

Started by Lisa Booker Bown

2 Jan 19, 2014
Reply by Lisa Booker Bown

So I have my pastels, but do I have to forget using them?

I have watched some videos on pastel use and was eager to use the ones I have already purchased, but I wonder if I should .  I have asthma…

Started by Dinah Martin

8 Dec 24, 2013
Reply by Dinah Martin

Buying my first pastels

Ok, ive been reading like crazy and to me it sounds like oil pastels are for me. But i also like the idea of Pastel Pencils. As a beginner…

Started by Christina Mcclintock

56 Oct 22, 2013
Reply by Ev McTaggart

Ecologically friendly pastels

My art group would like to sponsor a street painting contest, and we are trying to find out which brand of pastels to use. We are in the Ch…

Started by Michele Frantz

6 Oct 22, 2013
Reply by Michele Frantz

Soft pastel versus oil pastel

I tried to do a portrait with soft pastel. I wasn't happy with it. I tried to do with OIL pastel..I was happy with it. Don't you think that…

Started by Ugo Paradiso

5 Oct 21, 2013
Reply by Robert A. Sloan



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