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Don't throw away those broken pastels 
I learned from Cheap Joe's catalogue to not throw away your crumbling, broken pastels. Pulverize them with a mortar, then mix in a bit of alcahol or mineral …

How to erase soft pastels 
I use scotch magic tape. It is has less glue and does not stick, tear, or leave glue on the paper. Put the sticky side down over the part you want to erase …

Suede Mat Board 
Suede Mat board is a wonderful surface for soft pastels. It absorbs so much color and is excellent if you are using many layers of color. It can be easily …

For Your Protection 
If you are like me and like to blend pastels with your fingers, there is a very good barrier cream made in Australia by Hamilton Pharmaceutical pty. …

Pastels on Black Paper 
You can buy acid free black construction paper at a large craft store or order it very inexpensively online. You get about 30 sheets for $5.00 Still-life …

Fixative 
Treat your pastel artwork with fixative after each layer. The colour & texture will NOT change providing you do not spray too close to the image itself …

My favorite pastel surface 
My favorite primer for watercolor paper whether I'm using dry (hard or soft) pastels or oil pastels is clear Colourfix sanded primer. A sanded surface …

Velvet Mat Board 
I cut a mat the other day from a red/brown velvet board. The middle was too small to use for much of anything, so I decided to try it for a pastel painting. …

Pressure Fixative 
I use a pressure technique in order to avoid spoiling my colors with fixative. With the painting face up on a flat table I cover the surface with waxed …

Chamois cloth: Very useful in soft Pastels 
I have found a number of wonderful uses for ordinary chamios cloth, from any auto store. First, rubbed rather briskly, it will effectively remove pastel …

How to keep your pastels clean 
Buy cornstarch in a grocery store.(The type used for making cornbread). Pour some of it into a clean container. Place the dirty pastels in it. Gently move …

Chalk Pastels In Water 
Chalk pastels are great for producing a soft, delicate look to your picture. But, if you soak a chalk pastel …

using fixative 
It is best when using fixative to only use it during the painting process and use what is known as workable fixative. It is a way of building up more …

colors to use in skin 
when doing portraits I start out with a light cream color for a foundation and do shadows in blue's browns and red. The under layer of skin has so many …

Velour paper 
When working on velour paper, I found the best way is to work is in very fine layers building up the colour and spraying regularly with fixative. When …

Be Bold With Base Colour 
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 …

Under painting in pastels 
To achieve greater depth in paintings, start your pastel with an under painting--start with hard pastels and darker colors, then build up with lighter …

Hard and Soft Pastels: Know Your Composition and Colors! 
One thing I have learned from using pastels, is that it takes time to blend colors together, it takes many layers. So plan out your compostion, get a rough …

Sharpening pastel pencils 
At last I have found a decent pencil sharpener to sharpen my pastel pencils!! It is a cosmetic pencil sharpener by Bourjois and has a large and small hole …

Use Finger Plasters (Band Aids) to Blend! 
I went on YouTube for some video tutorials on how to use pastels. I was surprised to see that a man was using hand plaster (which he put around his 2nd …

keep your fingers clean 
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 …

Corrections To Pastel Work 
This is a good way to correct your work in soft pastels. Brush off the pastel from the area you are not happy with. Make a paper mask to cover the …

Cheap Alternative to Fixative 
To fix chalk pastels use a cheap hairspray instead of the expensive arty fixative. Go to the 'pound shop' (or dollar shop) to stock up. Also, use pastels …

Drumming 
When I want to paint a sunset or sunrise and I want the colours to blend subtly, I first put the colours on that I wish, blend them back and forth lightly …

A cheap pastel holder for those nubs. Not rated yet
I learned from a thread on Wet Canvas of an idea for a inexpensive holder for the nubs of hard pastels. Use the end of a disposable razor! Here's the thread …

Mixing Landscape Greens Not rated yet
Especially if you're using student grade pastels, the range of greens you have might all be very bright true greens. In nature, the greens in many climates …

A few things I do Not rated yet
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 …

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