In this exercise we are practicing blending techniques. Begin with a still life which has a variety of soft surface texture. Choose a surface to work on. I’m using a sanded “Wallis” paper pre-toned a “belgian mist” or warm gray. My palette is a split complement: Yellow, Blue and Violet.
Some tools for blending. If you choose a sanded paper you won’t be using fingers or q-tips to blend.
Sketch in shapes and placement.
Increase your pastel selection to include softer sticks as well as hard. Try a “pan” pastel. Pan pastels have very little binder which allows for even greater purity and saturation of pigment.
Lay in color. No need to fix on sanded paper or paper with lots of “tooth” (tientes). Build up the surface.
Blend. It’s okay to make a little “mud”.
Lay in more, blend more. In this I used tortillion, paint brush and make-up applicator to blend. The effect is loose, soft and impressionistic.