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bohh
11-03-2010, 12:00 AM
Hello all,

I am looking to start learning this new medium. I had a question - do you ever use your pastels and create paintings in a sketchbook? If so, does special care need to be taken so the pigment doesn't fall away over time and rub off?

Thanks!

Colorix
11-03-2010, 06:31 AM
I hope Robert Sloan sees this, he's the master of it. I think he mentioned applying pastel primer to a sketchbook.

Studio-1-F
11-03-2010, 08:33 AM
I hope Robert Sloan sees this, he's the master of it. I think he mentioned applying pastel primer to a sketchbook.
I have done this too (using a spiral bound pad of Canson Ti-Tiente that would have been useless otherwise) but I have to say it's still one heck of a mess. Even with fixative and glassine between pages, it continually sheds dust.

Dakota makes a "Travel Sketchbook with Sanded Papers" (http://www.dakotapastels.com/pages/paper-dakota-koolbind.aspx) that is also right in the mix too.

My suggestion, if you want to be super-portable, is to make a sandwich of foamboard, with loose blank paper sheets interleaved with glassine, held by a binder clips (http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRZaJbUYoOMINx31SlHkhJly4M1HeHaxkcPCymxRSnwgKg9RX8&t=1&usg=__VUgQW106-c1yMPyoUEEld-h7g_0=). At the end of your sketch day, remove the completed sketchs, spray with fixative and put them away in another, separate portfolio.

Jan

Tisiphone
11-04-2010, 01:53 AM
Hi, Bohh,

When I first started sketching, I used pastel pencils in a normal sketchbook, but the paper didn't like more than one layer. With a pastel sketchbook, it would be great for getting a plein air sketch for a larger piece.