|'The Morning Gathering' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Don't throw them out! Bits and Pieces of pastel can be used. We can always crush them and make new pastels. I have not done this but it is on my list of things to try. I use my pastel bits in two ways. I save them for my tiny travel kits. I also put them in my 'spice jars'.
|My collection of pastel spices|
When my pastels get too small to hold comfortably I put them in little containers. I like to use plastic baby food containers. They are small, can stack and allow quick and easy access to the pastels. Any color can be used as spices. It depends on the painting. If you are organized you can keep colors separated. I am not that organized so I tend to have a mix of colors in my spice containers. I choose the spice color by scanning my containers and choosing the color that I think will work.
My color choices are mostly intuitive but if I am not sure of the right spice color I will use a color wheel. See my post on choosing spice colors here.
My big studio box is overdue for a good cleaning. I will take out all of the bits of pastel and replenish my spice jars!
Painting notes: 12x18 on mounted Uart paper which is what created the texture.