|'Morning Glory' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|Making my own pastel surface|
I enjoy painting on my own home made surfaces but I don't like to prepare them. I don't like the mess of mixing the pumice and gesso. I don't like waiting for them to dry. So I don't bother making my own supports. Until now!
I was introduced to this method by a student who worked at a frame shop. She had a pastel artist customer who told her about using clear gesso on paper or boards. The clear gesso alone makes a wonderful surface. It has a small amount of grittiness which is just right for pastels. I tried it on these two small paintings.
|'The View Towards Abiquiu' 3.5 x 3.5 pastel|
I am very happy with the amount of tooth that the clear gesso provides. I don't think I'd want it any rougher but I could add some pumice if I wanted to. I could also tint the gesso with liquid acrylics if I wanted toned supports. But that would defeat the purpose of quick and easy!
If you are interested in other methods of creating your own pastel surfaces you might like to read my older post on home made surfaces.