|'Time for a Change' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
But today I was reminded of yet another reason to embrace pastels.
Pastel is a very forgiving medium.
If you aren't happy with a painting it is very easy to make corrections. There is no such thing as the point of no return with a pastel painting. There are always ways to revive a painting gone bad. (I have done my fair share of putting this to the test!) You can even paint over a painting without having to scrape or wait for it to dry. It is the perfect medium for impatient artists like myself.
|The 'before' painting.....when it was still summertime|
This is where I fell in love all over again with pastels. I could easily change the painting. Why not just change the season from summer to fall? All I had to do was give it a quick spray of workable fixative and start painting. Soon the summertime became autumn with a few layers of yellows and orange.
How to make corrections to a pastel painting
- Brush the bad parts out with a stiff bristle brush
- Use canned air to remove pastel more precisely
- Use a brush and running water to wash off a painting on some surfaces. I have been successful on Uart and Pastelbord
- Remove pastel with a chamois cloth (I have been told it works well on Pastelmat)
- liquify the bad parts or whole painting with a brush and water or rubbing alcohol of odorless mineral spirits creating a wet wash.
- spray the painting with workable fixative to restore some tooth allowing for more pastel layers.
- Add some clear gesso to make an underpainting with tooth. The pastel will turn into paint...usually some shade of gray.
How do you make corrections to a pastel? Please share your ideas in the comments. I would love to hear from you!