|'Storm Along the Turquoise Trail' 3.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available in my Etsy shop $35
|'Yucca' 3.5 x 3.5 sold|
I enjoy painting on my own home made surfaces but I don't like to prepare them. I don't like the mess of mixing the pumice and gesso. I don't like waiting for them to dry. So I don't bother making my own supports. Until now!
I was introduced to this method by a student who worked at a frame shop. She had a pastel artist customer who told her about using clear gesso on paper or boards. The clear gesso alone makes a wonderful surface. It has a small amount of grittiness which is just right for pastels. I tried it on these two small paintings.
|'The View Towards Abiquiu' 3.5 x 3.5 pastel|
I am very happy with the amount of tooth that the clear gesso provides. I don't think I'd want it any rougher but I could add some pumice if I wanted to. I could also tint the gesso with liquid acrylics if I wanted toned supports. But that would defeat the purpose of quick and easy!
|Making my own pastel surface|
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