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Pastels are a unique painting medium in that the colors are mixed on the paper by overlaying or blending, rather than on a palette. Here you'll find helpful tips, essential techniques, and step-by-step demonstrations on pastel painting.
  1. Pastel Painting FAQ (8)
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Painting with Pastels: Basic Techniques for Pastels
An introduction to the various ways in which pastels can be used in a painting.

How To Select Suitable Pastel Colors
How to put together a starter set of pastels that includes light, mid, and dark tones, plus some essential earth colors.

Brands of Pastels. Which Pastels are Best?
A list of the best brands of pastels on the market, and reasons why.

Art Supplies Shopping List for Pastel Painting
A list of all the art supplies list you need to start painting with pastels.

How to Fix a Pastel Painting Using Spray Fixative
Find out which is the best way to fix pastel to ensure the pastel stays on the paper.

Stuck in an Artistic Rut? Try Pastel Painting.
Stuck in an artistic rut? You should try pastel painting. Read how an impulse to buy a box of pastels renewed an interest in art after 20 years.

Pastel Painting Step-by-step Seascape Demonstration
Follow the development of a pastel painting of a seascape from start to finish in this step-by-step demonstration.

Tips on Buying Pastel Art Supplies
Pastels are sticks of ground pigment mixed with chalk and gum or oil, then shaped into 'drawing sticks'. Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying or blending. Find out what you should consider when buying pastels and pastel paper.

How to Fix a Broken Pastel
What do you do with the bits of broken pastels that you're left with? Don't throw them away, it's simple to make some new pastel sticks. You can also use this method to fix a broken new pastel.

How to Make Your Own Pastels
Here are two pastel recipes, for making your own cheap pastels and true pastels.

Sennelier Extra Soft Pastels
My review of the extra soft pastels produced by Sennelier.

Pastel Art Supplies: Review of Fabriano Tiziano Pastel Paper
This paper from Fabriano is a good, acid-free paper suitable for not only pastels, but also pencil, graphite, charcoal, and tempera.

Pastel Painting Demos by Chicago Artist Gary Wick
A collection of step-by-step pastel painting demos by Chicago-based artist Gary Wick. Some have only a few steps, others loads.

A History of Pastels
An outline of the history of pastel painting, which began some 250 years ago. While an interesting read, it's a pity that it doesn't have any links to any of the paintings mentioned.

Pink Iris Pastel Demonstration
A four-step pastel demonstration by Thelma Davis of how she painted her Pink Iris, with detailed descriptions of what she did at each stage, starting how she prepared her support.

Roche Pastels
A delightful tale by Barry Katz, on his efforts to track down the maker of "the world's best pastels", as used by Degas.

Sennelier Pastel Card
My review of the pastel card produced by Sennelier, which has a fine, sandpaper like surface that holds layers of pastel fabulously.

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