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09-10-2003, 10:11 PM
I was wondering, I have some soft pastels, and would like to try them some time. What other materials do I need?? Also, tips would bw greatly appreciated.

Kathryn Wilson
09-10-2003, 11:40 PM
Hi: A good pastel paper and not terribly expensive is Canson pastel paper - use a soft muted color rather than harshly bright - a grey would be a good start. If you want to blend, a pastel stump is in order, although many pastelists do not blend. A good sturdy board, artist tape or clips to attach your paper to it.

As you can see, no huge outlay of money and you can get started with pastels.

The most important thing to remember is to use the best pastels and paper that you can afford.

And have fun!!

Phoenix Rising
09-11-2003, 12:21 AM
I reccomend the followinf colours in the Canson Mi-Teintes paper:

Steel Grey
Flannel Grey

All are great neutral colours for the beginning pastelist. In fact, I still use these colours.

Also, buy yourself a pad of newsprint, to use under your pastel paper to prevent any marks from your board from showing through.

09-11-2003, 12:22 AM
Very good advice from Kyle ... and also remember to post here in the pastel thread ... all our friends and excellent artists at WC are very helpful and encouraging ....

Welcome to the medium of "Pastels" ....



09-11-2003, 04:12 AM
Hello. You'll find all you need to know to get started in this thread:


Grab your pastels and some paper and start playing! :)

09-11-2003, 04:57 AM
you might find this useful too:


That's to try once you have done a page full of practice marks as per the thread EJ gave you!

There is also a rather fun one to try (which some of you others might like too, it's a transcript of a Van Gogh oil painting, into pastels, nice and easy and a joy to do)



09-11-2003, 05:46 AM
Hi berryahou35 !

Welcome to the pastel forum. I also have a website I think you should visit.


09-12-2003, 09:37 AM
Two general tips. First, the structure of your paper is your 'working capital', which should be used economically. As pastel has hardly any 'binder' which sticks it to your paper, it is the structure of the paper, or 'tooth', that holds the color. So, as long as your paper has tooth, you can add more colour; if you happen to fill this tooth early in your painting, you have used all structure and you cannot add more colour later. Second, as a rule of thumb, work from dark to light, to keep your colours brilliant. Third, play and have fun!