|'Across the Desert' 8x10 pastel sold|
|'Stormy Day' 4x4 pastel|
I had several pieces of matboard that I had coated with clear gesso. It was a nice rigid and textured surface. It did fine with the spray of water and didn't warp. But I didn't get the same interesting effects with the puddles of water and pastels that I got on pastelbord. I think the homemade surface was too absorbent. The water soaked in and didn't allow the pigments to separate and drip.
That didn't stop me though! I decided to take some pastels and paint on top of the wet surface. The pastels got wet and thick. It was different! The colors were dark when wet but dried to their original colors. Both of today's paintings were done with dry pastel on a wet surface.
I am registered to take Bill Creevy's workshop at the IAPS convention and the topic is Pastels & H2O. I think I am going to love it!