|'Silver Ribbons' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
sold but other marsh pastels available in my etsy shop
Yes pastels do create some dust. I have never used a vacuum system or air purifier but I do vacuum and dust at least weekly. Frankly I get more dust upstairs where I don't paint than in my studio where I paint every day! Dust isn't really a big issue. Sanded papers grab pastel so well that there is very little flying dust. Here is what I do to control the bit of dust that is produced:
|My pastel gutter is coated foamcore board|
- I prefer to paint with my board/paper on an easel that is not tilted back or forward. This allows the dust to fall straight down. It is collected in the gutter.
- Occasionally I will tap the top of the board to dislodge any loose dust.
- I NEVER EVER blow on a painting to dislodge dust. This only puts the dust in the air where we might breathe it in....or where it will settle on the floor or furniture.
- I put a dust collector (gutter) under my painting board.
- My favorite gutter is made of a piece of coated foamcore board from an old advertising sign. I cut it into 4 x 24 or 36 inch strips. I score it lengthwise on the back which forms a nice dust collector. The coated surface makes it easy to wipe clean.
In the past I have used tinfoil, paper towels and butcher paper but my foam core gutters have been the most durable. I wouldn't be able to paint without them!
It's your turn! I know you have great ideas for gutters. What do you use to collect your pastel dust? Share in the comment section or feel free to email me your ideas and photos. I will compile them into another post so we can share the great ideas I know you have! firstname.lastname@example.org
Today's painting: 12x18 on uart 500 with a dry wash underpainting in cool colors.