keep your fingers clean

by graham jeffries
(stoke on trent,england)

When working with soft pastels your hands get dirty with the colours that you may contaminate your next colour with.


Keep your hands clean by holding a large ball of blu-tak in your hands and as you squeeze it in your fingers it picks up the colour leaving your hands clean and letting you concentrate on your painting and not stopping every couple of minutes to wipe your hands.

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Great alternative for a kneaded eraser
by: Carol

I also use Blu Tack instead of a kneaded putty eraser when working with coloured pencils. It has a little more stickiness to it and I find it picks up more of the color off the surface.

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wow!!
by: Anonymous

Thanks a lot graham Jeffrey. This information is very helpful for me. I have always had this issue of smudging on my paintings. Now I get to put a stop to that. This blog has been of big help to me. I’m really looking forward to more hints. Thanks a lot again. Keep up this good work.

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Good idea!
by: Jill

I've only using it for hanging posters, I've never even heard it being used for this...but it makes sense :)

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Blu Tak
by: Ilene

Blu Tak is a temporary adhesive that's usually used for hanging posters and such. Because it's temporary it won't harm the walls. In this case, it can also be used, since it is adhesive, for picking up the dust and color that is left on your hands from painting with pastel paints. It's a great idea. I sometimes use disposable rubber gloves if I've just gotten my nails done or if there are any cuts on my fingers. I don't want the pastel pigment to get into my skin. I also use a lot of paper towels and moistened towelettes for cleanup and they get expensive, so, Blu Tak is a great idea. I guess it too needs to be cleaned but I'll figure that part out later. ;0)

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Re: Blu Tak for Soft Pastels
by: Anonymous

Brilliant!!!!!!!!

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What's blu tak?
by: Lulu

What's blu tak? Can you describe it and its use ... maybe we have something similar here. Sounds like a good solution to the mess. Thanks. Lulu

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