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Old 09-05-2019, 07:27 PM
Richard Barrere Richard Barrere is offline
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Diane Townsend dry grounds

Hey, has anyone ever tried this? I just noticed it in the Dakota website, under "spotlighted products" and I've never heard of this before. Apparently you can rub this on any paper and it will give you a pastel ground? Would like to know how it works, if anyone has used it. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2019, 08:05 AM
My Beloved Muse My Beloved Muse is online now
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Re: Diane Townsend dry grounds

Hi Richard,

No, I haven't used it yet, but your post intrigued me. I can recall reading that many pastellists in the past, including Rosalba Carriera, would rub their papers down with a pumice stone prior to drawing & painting with pastels. According to Diane Townsend's website:

"The dry ground is a pumice based chunk of material made to be applied to paper and rubbed in with your hand. The purpose of such a ground is to give a bit of "tooth" to a surface which will grab the pastel and make it smooth for layering."

So, from what I can tell, Diane is providing a tool that allows us to revive a historical practice. Casey Klahn seems to be using the dry ground in his work with charcoal and pastel. I will order some this weekend and report back with results. For those working on paper, it sounds like another nice tool to have available.

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