|'Nature's Glory' 6x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis
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I am not a big blender. I will occasionally blend a sky or an area that I want soft usually to contrast with a busy passage in a painting. If I do blend an area I usually go back and add a fresh layer of pastel just to bring back some of the lost luminosity.
I also love to do Dry Underpaintings by rubbing in my first layer of pastel. This gives me a soft 'ghost image' to work on and a head start on my color, values and composition. But I don't want to use my fingers to rub all of this pastel into the paper. Especially sanded paper! So when I discovered this blending tool I was thrilled!
|Dry Underpainting using foam pipe insulation
FOAM PIPE INSULATION! I learned about this tip from Terry Ludwig at his workshop several years ago. Cut into pieces this stuff makes wonderful blending tools. It is cheap, readily available at any hardware store and can even be washed and reused!
In my opinion it is the least expensive art supply you will ever buy!
I did a You Tube video to share this more about this wonderful blending tool and how I use it. I'd love for you to take a look and share it with your pastel friends!