|'The Sea Beckons' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I don't blend very often.....but when I do I only use the finest tools.
|a few simple and cheap blending tools|
Not really! I don't blend often... that part is true but when I do blend my pastels I use only the most simple, readily available and inexpensive tools! My favorite tool is always HANDY. Sorry for the corniness but it makes it easy to remember that one of the best blending tools is actually your own palm and fingers. It is all in the technique. (video demo coming!)
Of course you can purchase blending tools of all kinds and I am sure they work great but I have had success with a few cheap tools that you may just have in your home. If not they are easy and inexpensive. Read on for the details!
|Putting down the first layer of pastel|
|Using a piece of foam core to blend and suggest the sea oats|
TOOL #1 A small piece of foam core board. I used a scrap of foam core and cut it with a utility knife to make into small brush shaped tool. I used this tool to blend the grassy areas of the painting. I was able to pull up some pastel marks to suggest the beginning of some grasses and sea oats.
Tip: I get my foam core at the Dollar Tree. It isn't archival but it is surprisingly decent!
|Using a piece of pipe insulation foam to blend the sky|
TOOL #2 My old favorite tool! Pipe insulation foam. I get this at any hardware store and cut it into small pieces. It is a great tool that doesn't shred on sanded paper and doesn't remove too much pastel. It can even be washed and reused!
Tip: use this tool like a brush. You can easily tear it and make thin and thick brush tips!
|Using a wadded up piece of Viva paper towel to blend the sky|
What other cheap blending tools do you use? Please feel free to share with us in the comments!
Painting notes: I used a piece of the YI CAI sanded paper and Terry Ludwig pastels.