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Old 07-18-2019, 04:16 AM
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Re: Wondering which brand to choose?

Hi Bobbi Ross,

I don't work in layers, ever, so don't feel you need to!

If one does want to work in layers, one does need a good thick, grippy paper or board with plenty of tooth to do so. Leaving the initial layers to set up overnight helps as well.

I think the balls of wax you're describing are down to unsuitable paper. I tried Windsor and Newton 'Tints' pastel paper and had balls of wax lifting because the oil pastel just couldn't adhere well enough.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:22 AM
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Re: Wondering which brand to choose?

Hi SarahY

I've had the balls but also like square flakes all over too.
I use pretty cheap and probably incorrect paper too.
I did a really nice easy sunset sketch on some 13.5 lbs vellum paper with Cray pas expressionists. I didn't do a ton of rubbing and the picture looked really nice. I even chafed it with clear Rustoleum! 😆
Last night I used some Senniliers on glass. I sprayed that Mirror look spray paint on the back of the glass for a dark mirror, it's not as mirror shiney and bright like a regular mirror. It's coming out pretty cool so far. I was tired and had to go to sleep though. I do t think any of the other pastels will work on glass.
I did another painting with them previously on a piece of clear glass. I'm going to enter it in a show. Although I might have done so previously and it may have been rejected.
I like all of the "strange stuff" but the public likes Bob Ross paintings best.
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