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International Artist - - Pastel Workshop -

Use wa­ter-based/sol­u­ble medi­ums if pos­si­ble.

Don’t get caught up in the de­tail. You are giv­ing your­self a base to work from, not paint­ing the whole pic­ture.

Use wa­ter where you can. The lack of fumes is bet­ter for you and cre­ates a work with less chem­i­cals added.

If you use odour­less sol­vent, please be aware that odour­less is not vapour­less and the fumes can be harm­ful. Use in a very well ven­ti­lated area.

Don’t lay down too much pas­tel be­fore wet­ting it. You will fill up the tooth of the pa­per, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to add lay­ers of dry pas­tel over the top.

You don’t need to paint the whole pic­ture. Of­ten you can get away with just un­der­paint­ing one or two ar­eas.

Keep your brush clean. Rinse be­tween ar­eas of dif­fer­ent colour, un­less you are want­ing to merge colours.

Use an old or cheap paint­brush as sanded pas­tel pa­per eats paint­brushes.

Re-seal any left­over sol­vent, or al­low it to evap­o­rate out­doors.

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