Thursday, May 8, 2014

Shape Up Your Pastels

"Foothill Magic", 18 x 24, pastel on Canson Mi-Teintes paper.
I have all kinds of tools in my pastel ensemble for blending, scraping, erasing etc,. Here is one I've been using for forever, one that many pastelists don't know about, one which I used at times in the  creation of  the painting Foothill Magic. I use this tool to create fresh, clean surfaces and shapes on my pastels sticks. It's a simple tool just a piece of lumber to which a piece of medium to heavy sandpaper has been attached.
I can't tell you how many times it has come in handy. 
That's it for today. Now back to the studio.

attach sandpaper
Piece of wood alongside one I've used and still use.