View Full Version : Re-creating your own pastels

11-23-2005, 10:46 AM
I am relatively new at pastels, but finding them to be a very sensual medium, a real extension of my fingers, unlike the brush on watercolor or oils.

That said, I find myself constantly breaking the pastels into smaller bits, trying to find a shape for a certain stroke effect. My questions is this: do any of you take existing pastels, and re-form them into another shape or size to work with, i.e. triangle shape for points, flat for broad strokes, etc.?

11-23-2005, 11:17 AM
There is actually a recent thread that talks about this:

Hope that helps.

11-23-2005, 11:30 AM
Great! Some spoke to the point in that thread. Would like to have seen some photo's of the finished pastels. But at least I am not alone in trying this out! Next step I was going to use some white and make lighter shades of some darks I have that I don't use much. Good to know we can play around with this medium so much.

11-23-2005, 11:33 AM
I posted photos of mine (both wet and dry with swatches), as did Kat. I don't think many others have done it recently.

Feel free to bump up that thread by replying to it - perhaps people have forgotten.