Be Bold With Base Colour

by Linda
(England)

I have only just started experimenting with pastels but have found that the more generous I am with the initial base colour, such as flesh tones, the better my picture turns out.


The 'rich' base enables the detail to stand out more and therefore I find it easier to blend as there is 'plenty' to go at. Basically, don't be afraid of pastels.

Spray your work when you feel you have achieved a near likeness, leave it to dry and go back to it to 'touch up' when you feel inspired again at a later date. Keep experimenting for the finish and look you want to achieve.

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Pastel base
by: Andy

For a good solid base i have for years used a white pastel rubbed in until it is completely covered.Some of my pastel portraits have been mistaken for oil paintings!

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Another great tip
by: Rosie

Thanks for the tip, I shall remember this when I start using pastels. Your work is so good. I hope I can achieve work as good as yours. The colours are great and lively.

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Good advice, thanks
by: Anonymous

I have never tried pastels but if I do, I will remember this advice, thank you. Your portrait is very well done and natural looking, he looks to have a good sense of humour and a cheeky smile. Cheers Pearl

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