|'Summer on the Island' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
- Arches 88 Printmaking paper. I also like Rives BFK printmaking paper
- Liquitex Clear gesso
- Inexpensive paint brush
- Art Graf pigment squares, earth colors
- Terry Ludwig pastels
- Assorted Nupastels
- I cut a piece of the printmaking paper to size 16x20. I used the paint brush to apply a coat of clear gesso. I use random brush strokes but you can apply it with a roller sponge to get a smooth coat. I wanted the random texture. Clear gesso has a bit of grittiness which is just enough to give the paper tooth for pastels.
- I did a light pencil drawing on the dry paper. I then blocked in the big shapes with the Art Graf squares. You only need a light application of the Art Graf. A little goes a long way.
- I washed in the Art Graf with a brush and water. I also used the squares to draw back into the wet underpainting. I made sure to stretch the paper and retape as the paper dried. This kept the paper from buckling.
- When the underpainting was dry I started to apply my pastels. My goal was to exploit the texture and to use a light touch through the painting process.
|The first layer of Art Graf before washing with water|
The photo below shows the finished underpainting. Look carefully to see the texture.
Starting the pastel application. I began with the house so that I could hide it in the weeds!
A closer look at the texture of the paper
I hope you enjoyed a look at my process. If you look carefully at my painting you might discover some hidden friends! If you want to learn more about the various pastel papers we have to work with check out my Patreon Page in July. We are exploring paper all month! www.patreon.com/karenmargulis