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3 Tips to Presenting and Posting your Pastel Paintings

From emails I have received recently it seems that many of you are painting pastel pencil pictures for others and I thought it would be a good idea to give you all a few tips on presenting your work and also sending them through the [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|0 Comments

To Change or Not to Change – Should you alter a picture after it’s been framed?

Alice has sent me her lovely painting of the Sunset project; understandably she was delighted with her efforts and has framed her work. Alice has asked for my feedback that might help her with future projects and I am always happy to oblige. Once a [...]

By | January 22nd, 2016|Framing, Fixing & Pricing, Picture Feedback|5 Comments

How To Photograph Your Artwork

Many of us like to photograph our work when showing others via email and social media. If we pick this over scanning our artwork, what are the best conditions for doing so? Hopefully these answers will shed some "light" on the subject. Why Photograph your [...]

By | February 21st, 2015|Framing, Fixing & Pricing, Tips & Techniques|6 Comments

Should you Frame your work yourself?

Today's article is about framing. Should you pay for someone to mount and frame your pictures or is it better to buy a frame yourself? In my opinion, it all comes down to price. If you can afford it, I would always say have it [...]

By | December 4th, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|3 Comments

Choosing a Mount and Glass for your Painting

Many years ago when I had my art gallery, we used to frame and mount pictures for our customers. We had all the machinery, frames, mounts & glass available and it was a great addition to the business. Over the years I gained a lot [...]

By | June 26th, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|3 Comments

How To Fix your Artwork

As a general rule, Colin does not choose to fix his artwork. This is because it can dull down the picture and spoil it. In the Yorkshire Terrier art course, Colin demonstrates how to fix your picture and then re-work the pastel pencil back on [...]

By | May 2nd, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|3 Comments

Another word on Fixing your Pastel Pencil Work

The most common question we get asked here at Colin Bradley Art (almost on a daily basis) is regarding Fixatives. Generally it is thought necessary to fix pastel work to contain the loose pastel flakes from the pastel paper and to stop the pastel from smudging. In [...]

By | April 8th, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|0 Comments

Shipping your Pastel Pencil Pictures

The first thing I would use is hardboard or failing that a very stiff board to place the picture on. I would use the same size board as the picture i.e. A4 Board for an A4 Picture, this gives rigidity and therefore unlikely to bend. [...]

By | March 11th, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing, Tips & Techniques|0 Comments

How I store my Pastel Pencils

Pencil Wrap from Cassart The way I store my pastel pencils is simply in Jam Jars on my worktop! When I used to attend exhibitions and demonstrate, I would carry them in a purpose built box. If you're lucky, you can purchase ready [...]

Can you use Fixative between Pastel Layers?

Early artists like Degas used to use pastel. Back then they used to apply pastels and put a fixative on it but it wasn’t the spray we have today.  They used to have to blow through a little tube, pick up the material and blow [...]

By | February 22nd, 2014|Framing, Fixing & Pricing|0 Comments