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Within the sphere of pastels, there are varying degrees of stick firmness. The level of softness or hardness of a pastel stick is dependent on the individual pigment characteristics, the addition of inert compounds, and the composition of the binder holding the pigment together. Generally, pastelists categorize the sticks in their palettes as either soft or hard. The pigment may be the same between a hard and soft pastel stick, providing a similar hue, value, and chroma, but the firmness of the stick will ultimately have a profound effect on the application and its final appearance. When determining which firmness of stick is best for your specific painting needs, take these factors into consideration …
The Fall 2013 issue of Drawing marks the magazine’s 10th anniversary, and as part of the celebration, we shined a spotlight on drawing instruction, an integral part of the magazine’s content for the last decade. Here, as part of that …
Richard Stephens challenged readers to create two 11×14-inch or larger watercolor paintings of any subject and in any style in 90 minutes, thereby loosening up along the way. View the prizewinning watercolor painting in Watercolor Artist’s Creativity Workshop challenge here!
Creativity Workshop | Surprising Watercolor Techniques for Achieving Luminosity and Watercolor Texture
Deena S. Ball is constantly exploring different ways to exploit the magical beauty of watercolor painting, letting the paints run, puddle and interact to create wonderful watercolor texture. Learn how to add a little luminescence to your own watercolor painting process, and let your work glow!
Gary Greene shares his step-by-step wet-on-dry technique for creating Flower Power (water-soluble colored pencils and wax-based colored pencil on paper, 17¾x24), as seen in the August 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist.
Nancy Hagin’s acrylic and watercolor paintings explore color symmetries and repeating patterns to deconstruct familiar objects into harmonious planes of color. In this free excerpt from The Artist’s Magazine (March 2013), she shares tips for acrylic painting.
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.