Touchable Textures in Colored Pencil

In colored pencil, underpainting involves first tinting the paper surface with the subject’s light, underlying color. To do this, you apply solvent or water. This is a technique that doesn’t destroy the tooth of the paper, so you can create, with subsequent layers in colored pencil, visually tactile textures and other effects—from the illusion...


Pastel Techniques | Answers for a “Mounting” Problem, Part 1

Since the inception of the Pastel Pointers Blog nearly six years ago, one of the most frequently ask questions I hear concerns how best to mount pastel papers in advance of wet underpainting techniques. Artists that utilize a wet painting technique on a paper surface understand the issues involved in retaining a flat working...

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Oil Pastel Techniques: Start Painting With Oil Pastels

Curious about learning a few oil pastel techniques? In this FREE download from The Artist’s Magazine’s Mediapedia (an encyclopedia of art media) and a bonus article, you’ll learn the basics of painting with oil pastels. Mediapedia: Oil Pastels by Greg Albert includes FAQs about this medium, must-have tools, safety and cleanup methods, an explanation...


Painting Surfaces for Pastel | The New Kids

Pastel is unique among fine art media, because it doesn't have an inherent binder to hold it onto a surface like all other forms of painting. This difference is one of the reasons it gets classified as a drawing medium in some circles. Pastelists, though, most often associate their intent with the act of...


Sealing Oil Pastels

Is there a way to seal or coat an oil pastel painting so that you can hang it without need for glass? Find out in this "Ask the Experts" from The Artist's Magazine.