|'Beyond Serenity' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
We can get an illusion of which texture with pastel by creating a textured surface to work on. There are several products that are available as pastel grounds that can be applied to a board or paper to give that surface ground for pastel application. Some of these grounds can be applied thickly. When it is dry it provides a textured surface to work on.
I applied a pastel ground of gesso and pumice to an Ampersand Pastelbord. I applied it thickly. But it was almost too thick! I had trouble adding pastel and the surface used up my pastels quickly! It was a frustrating experience. But I did find a solution!
TIP: When the grooves are deep on a textured surface try to add several layers of pastel and push these layers into the grooves. After several layers the application gets easier and you still have a feeling of texture without the rough surface eating your pastels!
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