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Koo Schadler takes you through the process of making homemade gesso and gesso panels. Included in her instructions are supply lists, a gesso recipe and instructions on how to apply gesso on wood or hardboard panels.
Many pastel artists will awake on Tuesday morning to the thrill of opening presents. If in the past year, Santa Claus has deemed them to be nice not naughty, they will have undoubtedly received pastels instead of a lump of coal. While coal may produce some interesting drawing effects, it’s the prospect of adding additional sticks of pastel to one’s palette that thrills most pastelists. No matter how many brands, hues, chromas or values of pastel an artist may have, more is better. As any pastelist knows, the one with the most when they die – wins! Deciding how best to store, assimilate and record the pastels is when the three Ds of pastel organization arise.
While I am not a proponent of over-using darks in landscape painting, there are times when intense rich darks are useful. So don’t avoid black as a pigment and workable fixative as a tool. They can serve the pastelist well. Read more about the art of color, and experiment with new organic pigment pastel offerings, which can expand your painting possibilities.
Do your holiday shopping now from the comfort of your own home, and you can have everything wrapped, tagged and ready to go without navigating any traffic hassles or crowds! Our “Fabulous Gifts for Artists | The Pastel Artist’s Edition” …
‘Tis the Season again. The leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast have been devoured and now it’s time to focus on the holiday gift list. Selecting a perfect gift for a loved one or cherished friend is never easy, but the artists in our lives can prove to be especially difficult. If you find yourself in a quandary as to what to get for that special pastel artist in your life, I have a few suggestions that may make it easier.
If you haven’t checked out our sister site, IMPACT-books.com, lately, you might want to head over and see what’s up. We’ve been sharing some great how to draw and paint demonstrations on everything from fantasy art and science fiction to …
I’m frequently required to travel by air. As any pastelist knows, who has had to go through the strict TSA inspection routine at an airport with a pastel palette, it can be a stressful ordeal. Our palette is our means of creation. It’s filled with delicate, expensive sticks of pigment that often take days to select and organize. Handing it over to others—people who may not share our concern—is gut wrenching. Having gone through the inspection process repeatedly and culling tips from other pastel frequent flyers, I have a few tips to share that may make your airport experiences go a little more smoothly.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, then pastelists definitely spend a lot of their time in hell. While it’s true that our wet-media brothers and sisters can be messy when they paint, it’s the pastelist that has to contend with fine pigment dust that has a way of contaminating everything within proximity …