Pastel Journal

February 2017 Pastel Journal

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  • The Art of Illusion | Use the Magic of Edges in Your Painting

    pastel pointers about edge variety

    Any creative who’s trying to depict reality—whether an author, sculptor or painter—must try to master the art of illusion. One of the most useful tools an artist can use to produce this magic is the manipulation of edges. The dictionary definition of “edge” is the line where an object or area begins or ends: a ...

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  • Your Pastel Questions Answered

    colorful pastel sticks | pastels

    Pastel artist Maggie Price shares expert tips and techniques for working with pastels in this Pastel Journal column. Featured topics include photographing pastel through glass, fixing moldy pastels, dry mounting, painting en plein air with pastels, inspiration and creativity, and more.


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