I often get asked by absolute beginners to pastel, "Where do I start?" So now I tell them - "Here." the following videos will give the absolute beginner introduction to pastels and pastel paper. How to put pastel on and how to take it off. As a pre-warning - there are many ways to apply pastels and the way I teach is not the way everyone else plays with pastels. for eg. I don't often blend with my fingers where other very competent artists do. There are no real rules to art or pastels - only tools for you to play with and see if you like the result. My motto is the more you play the more you learn. I hope you enjoy the videos and get to love pastels as much as I do.
A beginners Guide to applying pastels.
For those of you new to pastels it is always good to learn a little about how to apply it. Below are hints on how not to make mud when applying pastels. Also answering the question 'to blend or not to blend?' Some who have been around pastels for a long time may find these hints and tips handy too.
How to put pastel on, take it off and most of all - not make mud....
Lesson 1 How to put pastel on paper and not make mud!
Lesson 2. To blend or not to blend? Is that the question?