|'A Touch of Silver' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available for purchase $35
I didn't want to try them. I had amazing self control. Even when in Paris at La Maison du Pastel with Isabelle Roche behind the counter I was able to resist. This while my friends all made pastel purchases. But I stood firm. I knew I would love them but I didn't want to have an expensive new love. So I have resisted the urge to try these expensive pastels. Until now.
In the barrage of Black Friday deal emails was one from Fineartstore.com and they were offering a 3 piece set of Henri Roche metallics....a silver, copper and gold. I couldn't resist. Metallic pastels are best used as accents and spices so I figured a little will go a long way. So I ordered them.
|Set of 3 Metallic pastels from Henri Roche Pastels|
I haven't used them long enough to give a thorough review. I will do that here soon but in the meantime you might like to read a comprehensive review of the metallics on Robert Sloan's blog here
|Adding a touch of silver|
I used the metallic pastels as I would normally use a spice or accent color....at the end of a painting. They were the final marks. The metallics added a very subtle sparkle. In fact it is difficult to see the sparkle in the photos but in the right light they ad the perfect note of class to my little paintings. It reminds me of the metallic sheen on the wings of some butterflies....subtle but beautiful when it catches the light.
|'Summer Forest' 3.5 x 2.5 pastel $35|
|'Copper and Gold' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis $35|
I used the copper and gold pastels in this Autumn scene. Click to enlarge and see the sparkle in detail.
|Gold and Copper are needed here!|
I have used other metallic pastels in my work. I have Diane Townsend, Great American and Sennelier metallic pastels. I tend to put the boxes on the shelf and forget to use them which is a shame. They make wonderful spices. My mind is spinning now so I am sure I will be dusting them off and finding more uses for metallics!