|'Deep Purple Haze' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Thick texture is a challenge with pastels but there are some workarounds! Clear gesso is a simple way to get a bit of texture in your pastel paintings.
I wrote about using clear gesso last week. I enjoyed the results so I decided to take another older failed painting and reimagine it with texture. Here is the painting. If you look closely I already trued the clear gesso trick. The painting was just 'meh'. It needed a new life and of course I saw lavender growing in the filed!
|The older painting that needed some help|
Look at the photo below for a close up look at the texture created by another layer of clear gesso. What the clear gesso does is liquifies the pastel making dark mud. That dark mud gives me a nice rich base of 'dirt' so I can plant my lavender.
In this painting I made linear marks in the gesso with a brush handle while the gesso was wet. It really added to the texture! Be sure to use CLEAR gesso and not regular white gesso. The clear has a bit of grittiness to it that regular gesso does not have.
|close up detail of the texture.|