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Old 03-29-2012, 12:30 AM
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I had to join up just to reply to this... Please! Don't attempt to use a tack cloth, it has oil and you will end up with a grease spot. Instead, if your paper is firmly taped to a sort of board, a drawing board or Gatorboard, lay it flat on a table and proceed as follows. Gather up some plain baking soda, likely a spoonful or two, a sheet or two of cheap typing paper, and a soft brush, like a mid size paintbrush. Put a small amount of baking soda on the mistake, working flat, and rub it into the paper, gently but thoroughly. The granules will break down the film of fixative and swoosh away the pastel. Then sweep the dirty soda onto a sheet of paper and see how you like the result. You can repeat two or three times. Try to keep the mess contained, and work tidy. Use a bit less soda if a small spot, or more if it is big and heavily pigmented. Good luck. I have used this many time to pick up mistakes when erasing just won't do it.

Glad to know about this. I had never thought of anything like this but it makes total sense - it's good to know there's a way to go back even after using fixative. Very cool.
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I signed up just to thank you. I was just about to give up on a piece I'd been working for 2 months, over a mistake the size of about 2 quarters, when I read this. Worked like a charm. Thank you!

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I had to join up just to reply to this... Please! Don't attempt to use a tack cloth, it has oil and you will end up with a grease spot. Instead, if your paper is firmly taped to a sort of board, a drawing board or Gatorboard, lay it flat on a table and proceed as follows. Gather up some plain baking soda, likely a spoonful or two, a sheet or two of cheap typing paper, and a soft brush, like a mid size paintbrush. Put a small amount of baking soda on the mistake, working flat, and rub it into the paper, gently but thoroughly. The granules will break down the film of fixative and swoosh away the pastel. Then sweep the dirty soda onto a sheet of paper and see how you like the result. You can repeat two or three times. Try to keep the mess contained, and work tidy. Use a bit less soda if a small spot, or more if it is big and heavily pigmented. Good luck. I have used this many time to pick up mistakes when erasing just won't do it.
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Re: When You Have Overworked a Pastel Painting

I know this is an old thread but since its been resurrected:

I was working on a piece recently that not only became a bit overworked but i realized the background was not working for me. So i decided i need to remove it. The fore/mid ground was all good though so i had to be careful. I found the following steps worked well.

Took a very rough bristle brush & rubbed over the surface to bring up the pastel particles. Vacuumed off what i could. Then i took packing tape & took off more still - and repeated the bristle brush/vacuum step.

I managed to get the background nearly down to bare paper again & was able to completely redo it to my satisfaction. This was on Sennelier LaCarte paper which obviously is more forgiving than a lighter stock, but it was still nice to see i was able to make a pretty huge change on a painting i thought was destined for the scrap heap.
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Baking soda! wow!!!
I know I will need to use that trick.
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