|'Aspen Joy' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Since you asked :-) here's my pastel question--what's a good thing to do with all that leftover dust (besides throw it out)? I know some people make their own pastels but I haven't heard of anyone who had great results--it seems they don't stick together too well.
|Applying pastel dust with a brush and foam|
I used a paintbrush and painted with the dust! Since it was a nice neutral it made a great underpainting. I blocked in the values of my subject which was aspen trees. It was like using powdered charcoal. I tried using a foam brush for larger areas and I used a kneaded eraser to remove pastel and draw thin branches into the pastel.
|Creating new pastel dust to apply to painting|
I finished the painting by adding a few details and highlights with a pastel stick but them majority of the painting was completed with a brush and some dust!
Have you found other ways to use your leftover pastel dust?