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Using Alternative Pastel Papers for Pastel Pencil Work

Over the last few months we have received many emails and feedback comments regarding 'Pastelmat' pastel paper, some for and some against it's use with our pastel pencil medium. So I thought that you would be interested to hear how I view the use of [...]

By | 2017-04-28T22:55:26+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments

Art Projectors & Tracing – Podcast #169

This week on the show we talk about using Art Projectors and other tracing methods. We talk using the square drawing grids and how to improve your eye for composition and proportions. We also talk about using the grain of the Ingres paper to your [...]

By | 2017-02-03T14:06:32+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Podcasts|0 Comments

Mix Soft Pastel and Pastel Pencil

Are you wondering if soft pastel and pastel pencils can be used together? In this demonstration Colin shows how to add soft pastel on top of pastel pencils in a background. The pastel pencils chalky texture acts as a good base for the soft pastels. [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:05+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|1 Comment

Blend Pastel into Backgrounds using this Blending Tool

In this quick video, Colin shows how he uses the colour shaper to blend pastel pencil into his backgrounds. He uses 2 sizes of shaper - No.2 for detailed blending and No.10 for larger areas such as backgrounds, water and skies. To purchase the colour [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:10+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

How to Blend Pastel with Colour Shapers

In this quick demonstration, Colin shows you how to achieve amazing effects using the Size 10 Grey Chisel End Colour Shaper. Being a larger size, it's ideal for smoothing out and pushing the pastel into the paper - great for creating reflections in water! To [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:10+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

Can you use a Pencil Sharpener with Pastel Pencils

This is a common question when it comes to using pastel pencils. Because they feel like a familiar tool, it is natural to try to use a sharpener as you would with other pencils. Because the pastel lead is stronger than those used in colouring [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:11+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Materials & Pencils, Tips & Techniques|2 Comments

How and When to use Colour Shapers in Pastel Artwork

Christine has asked me this great question: "How can you tell when is the right or the wrong time to use them when I do my own pictures or your old workshop packs I never know if I am using the right blender?"  Although I [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:12+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Materials & Pencils|1 Comment

Swordfish ‘Ikon’ Manual Pencil Sharpener Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIW92-M7AAI Buy Now Only £8.95 We have discussed on our podcasts and blog the problem of sharpening pastel pencils. Colin prefers to use the Safety Razor Blades to get a sharp point, but if this isn't for you, what is a good alternative? Thanks [...]

By | 2018-03-15T15:13:20+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Materials & Pencils|0 Comments