TROUBLE SHOOTING FOR USING ARTIST QUALITY SOFT PASTELS

Pastels are a beautiful fine art medium worthy to be explored by any artist.
However there are a few pitfalls to be avoided – often not discovered until beginning experimentation into this medium.
Apart from charcoal and powdered graphite, pastel stands alone as a dry pigment medium unlike other paint mediums – which all present in a liquid format or is sometimes available in a format to which a medium is added as you work for example oil sticks, watercolour pencils etc.
Pastels are the closest to using PURE PIGMENTS. Yes that is correct – the closet form of pure colour! No wonder they are so revered for their colour experience. But herein lies the problem – working with powder has specific problems that need to be considered for an optimum experience and result.

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