Originally Posted by Lexycat
Many thanks Marie & Clydeine - Clydeine, I'm a big fan of pastel for backgrounds, its an easy and quick way to get a soft smooth surface - I stick to pencils and conte sticks mainly as they are classed as hard pastels and a lot cleaner to work with, plus they stick better to the surface, I just dont like and am a bit allergic to too much dust - try a few loose conte sticks as well as a few pencils for your background, just make sure the support you are using takes both mediums well - you can also underpaint lightly with pastel pencils over larger areas and put cp on top, it all speeds things up, I just dont have the patience for a lot of background in cp, and its very hard to get it smooth without a solvent in my experience....good luck, you will have fun with them
Yes Lexi that is what I was thinking. I was thinking of using a solvent but I found that it really does not give me what I desire. I hate backgrounds also because it is hard to keep the pressure and tone the same and when you have to go around something the strokes look even more like strokes and distract from the piece. I am looking at pastel pencils now.
I hear gioconda are nice. I am sure the local store has the dewerts.