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Old 01-05-2011, 09:22 PM
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Re: Oops! How to remove pastel from a

LOL - I think Libbie's right. She'll shed it out eventually and until then she's a conversation piece.

Reminds me of the little gray cat I used to have with white feet. His name was Vila and he was full of mischief. One day I was doing an oil painting with a dramatic red-to-violet background in Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine, both staining colors. Vila came running across my lap wanting to play. He danced over the painting happily only stepping in the background and not into the portrait's face afterward, then trod right through the palette.


Red and blue cat footprints all over my studio apartment, up and down the kitchenette cabinets and sink, into the bedroom-cubby (no actual door but sort of like a small extra room. He got everywhere. Eventually I caught him around the middle, retrieved a can of Plumber's Goop (hand cleaner) and got him into the bathroom.

I washed his feet with Goop and rinsed with water about five or six times, scared that the pigments were toxic and my poor cat would die. He didn't even get sick. Both of them are staining pigments. He ran around for weeks with one sky blue foot and three hot pink feet! It was hilarious.

Then only this afternoon, came over while I was doing finishing touches on my Spotlight landscape and majestically laid down on my Richeson hard pastels. Didn't stain him because they're either lacquered or compressed, fortunately not much dust rubs off their sides. I'm just glad it was those non toxic ones instead of my Unisons!

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:43 PM
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Re: Oops! How to remove pastel from a

Don't worry Libbie and Robert...I was a nurse so was very aware not to saturate the fur, merely the top layer, and then wiped her down with plain water - and she's not licked it since. She has been out in the rain since, but even that hasn't got rid of her designer rear! And yes, it is a talking point when she's out walking!
Regards, Deirdre (Always pleased to get C&Cs!)[b] Don't forget - comment on other threads in the forum as well as posting your own work - also, we encourage you to post WIPs, they help others to learn as well as you.
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