Introduction to Pastel #3: Markmaking: Blended Color

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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.

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Some tools for blending. If you choose a sanded paper you won’t be using fingers or q-tips to blend.

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Sketch in shapes and placement.

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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.

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Lay in color. No need to fix on sanded paper or paper with lots of “tooth” (tientes). Build up the surface.

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Blend.  It’s okay to make a little “mud”.

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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.

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