Is it really December already? (Someone tell me no, it ain’t true!) Look out for my monthly picks next week. In the meantime, this week I made a video about why I don’t blend pastels.
I frequently get asked the question – Gail do you blend your pastels? OR Gail why don’t you blend pastels? In the video below, I set out to show, with sample swatches, why it is that I prefer to layer rather than blend pastels.
To Blend or Not Blend Pastels
Here’s the video:
Now let’s have a look at the Mount Vision pastels I used in the video. Also, I’ll show you a closer look at each experiment especially on the UArt 400 sanded paper.
One of the things I didn’t mention in my video was that when you blend pastels, you squish all the sparkly crystals of pigment and so dull the whole thing down. Layering retains the radiance and vitality of pastels (in my ever so humble opinion!). My bias doesn’t show tooooo much right?
What are your thoughts? Can you see why I prefer to layer rather than blend pastels? Which is your preference? I’d love to hear so please leave a comment.
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Pastel Artists Canada Signature Designation!
AND through that acceptance, I received my Pastel Artists Canada (PAC) Signature status! Nice to add it to my Pastel Society of America (PSA) one 🙂
Pastel Painting En Plein Air
Christmas is coming! You might want to give yourself or someone you love my online accessible-day-or-night online course, Pastel Painting En Plein Air. In it, you’ll see very clearly how I layer my pastels (as well as many other things!). It’s also helpful if you do any kind of landscape painting whether en plein air or in studio. Remember, there’s a 15 day money-back guarantee. You can’t go wrong! Click here for all the details on the course!
And that’s it until next week. Happy Friday!!
Until next time,
PS. In the future, look out for a pastel painting using that UArt test sheet! Maybe I’ll do a video! You can see the idea of using a piece of paper with random marks on it in my previous blog post where I paint a bathtub plug in 20 mins.