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Monday, July 02, 2018

Making Your Own Pastel Surfaces

'Summer Bounty'          8x10      pastel on board         ©Karen Margulis
available $150

I always forget how in love I am with a homemade pastel surface. Overtime I paint on a textured homemade surface I am reminded. This month over on my Patreon page we will be exploring pastel materials. One of the things we will do is make our own pastel surfaces. I will be sharing a recipe booklet and some videos and much more. In preparing for the month of lessons I made some textured boards. Why don't I do this more often!!

A quick and easy way to make a textured surface.

Working on a homemade surface is definitely cost effective but that is only one reason to try it. I love the feeling of texture I can create with my own pumice and gesso mix. It was the perfect surface to create the suggestion of the wheat stalks in my painting....without having to paint every stalk!

Do you work on a homemade surface?What is your favorite?

Close up. See the texture?

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Dianne Parks said...

This is so gorgeous! I’m ready to make my own surface but am wondering about the support. Does it need to be acid-free? Or does the surface solution (such as pumice and gesso) form a sufficient barrier so that we don’t have to worry about the support? Thanks for everything that you do - we appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

I am not an expert but it is my understanding that the support needs to be acid free.

Dianne Parks said...

Thanks! That makes sense.

Nettie Kennedy said...

Yes, acid free Dianne:-).

jojo said...

ça parait interessant!