|'An Afternoon at the Preserve' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I crave Texture. I love thick and juicy paint. I love seeing brushstrokes in a painting. That is one of the wonderful properties of oil paint that I love. The ability to make texture is something that I miss with pastels. But creating texture is possible! It just take a little more work and some experimentation.
I admire the work of Bill Creevy for his ability to introduce texture to his pastel paintings. Check out his classic book The Pastel Book for a good introduction to the many ways to use other media with pastels and how to create more interesting textures.
I like use some of these techniques to get a thicker buildup of pastels in my paintings but today I wanted to share a tip I learned from Stan Sperlak...another great pastel artist and instructor.
|close up of textured grassy area|
It also helps if the bottom layers are dark....like a scratchboard. That way when you scratch it or scrape it you reveal the darker layers underneath.
What tools to use for scraping?
That's the fun part. In the workshop I attended Stan used the edge of a metal banker's clip but anything tool that is hard, thin and metal does the best job of scraping and scratching. I try to find tools that are both very thin and a bit wider so I can get a variety of marks. Have fun discovering tools to scrape with!
|close up of distant marsh with scraping|
You can also use your scraping tools to remove small areas of pastel. In the second closeup I used a thin metal pin to scrape away pastel making my edges straight and level.
About today's Painting:
This is an 18x24 pastel done as a demo for a private student. This was our lunch break entertainment demo! I have so much fun sharing the wonderful world of pastels in these private sessions. If you would like to spend a day or 2 or 3 in my Marietta Studio contact me for details. My 2014 schedule is filling but I still have some available time.