A few things I do

by Stephanie Salt
(Derbyshire UK)

1. I always have a wet rag handy for cleaning my hands between colour changes, there is nothing worse than spoiling a pale subject with a smear of dark pastel from dirty hands.

2. Always have something dry like a cloth or even your apron or smock to wipe a dirty pastel on, and clean your pastels after use in rice flour. Then you can sieve the flour and remove your clean pastels for storing.

3. I mostly sharpen pastel pencils with a scalpel, but that won't give you a good point, unless you are very patient and steady handed, so use a sheet of fine sand paper to get the point you want afterwards.

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