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teachart
01-07-2003, 05:12 PM
Hi everyone - I'm looking for some advice concerning pastels and pastel pencils. How do you sharpen them? What are your favorite brands?
MN

Dark_Shades
01-07-2003, 07:41 PM
Hi Teach..... Ive enclosed this link...... as someone else had already asked the same question....... as for me personally I use Faber-Castell, not tried any others.... and was told always to use one of those one sided razor blades to sharpen them .... hope you will find the link useful


http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=70112

KarenU
01-07-2003, 09:10 PM
Well....I don't really use pastel pencils for anything but drawing in the beginning stages and those I just sharpen with either an xacto knife or a carpenter's sharpener. The hardest of my pastels, Nupastels, I sharpen to a point with an xacto knife and sandpaper.

teachart
01-07-2003, 11:58 PM
Hi Karen and Dark_Shades-
Thanks for the link and the advice. I feel more confident using my pencils and pastels now. I think I'll try the exacto and the sandpaper first.
Marie