View Full Version : making your own surface...

04-29-2000, 11:41 AM
Okay...I've done pastels in the past. I have these wonderful Rembrandts that are still new..and Nu Pastels. I'm wanting to try some plein airs with them...and wanting to create my own surface.

I've heard artists mixing pumice with gesso, which has to be purchased at hardware stores. I also know some mix marble dust with gesso, and is purchased at some art stores.

I'm curious if anyone has experimented with this and can offer suggestions? I'm wanting then to tone them various colors/values and give it a whirl.


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04-30-2000, 12:09 AM
Go to the 'Sanded pastel paper' topic in this forum. There are a couple of different 'recipes' there for making your own textured papers. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif



04-30-2000, 06:09 PM
You can buy pastel primer but the bad thing about it is that it tends to 'eat' your pastels fast - you do need tooth but not too much, just enough to hold the pastel without chewing up your sticks!