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10-31-2000, 05:03 PM
Thanks, Barry...this is a great tip! I'm sure this is a product that can be used in a lot of places!
Posting this in the pastels forum would be okay too!
10-31-2000, 05:25 PM
Pastel dust is always an issue in the studio. I use a large easel and create a trough using several layers of heavy duty aluminum foil, extended about 8" beyond on the right and left sides and form to the easel. Except for a few particles, most pastel drops right down into the aluminum. After a couple of paintings you can just roll up and discard, or save to create new neutral pastels with.
This does not help with dust that stays airborne up around your face. For that, you need other equipment. I also encourage everyone to "thump" not blow the painting when there's excess dust, so the particles drop down into the aluminum.
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11-01-2000, 12:28 AM
I use pastels a lot. One problem with using pastels is tracking pastel dust into the rest of the house. Here's a possible solution. There's a company called Protective Products that makes things for construction sites. They have a product called TakMat that cleans off the soles of your shoes as you walk over it. Check it out at:
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