View Full Version : Do you underpaint your pastels in watercolor?

11-11-2003, 11:58 PM
Does anyone here do watercolor or turpenoid underpaintings before using pastels? I am interested in trying this. Do you underpaint in analagous or complementary colors and why? Any info would be appreciated. I supposed this all has to be done on Wallis paper?


11-12-2003, 03:18 AM
You can underpaint in watercolour, gouache, thin acrylic, ink, felt tip brush pens and probably anything else which doesn't fill the tooth of the support too much.

You can underpaint on any surface, but if you splosh about with lots of water, on ordinary pastel paper, it will buckle, so to avoid that, you can stretch the paper first.

Lots of people use underpainting. You can use analagous colours, or complementary colours - the latter will give a more striking effect if some of the underpainting shows through the pastel.

Try it. Then you will know if you like it!

11-12-2003, 07:59 AM

Here's a top-rated whole thread on the subject of underpainting.