Saturday, January 5, 2013
Chalk pastels test run
It was a different experience from paint. I immediately regretted taping off a small space. Even more than paints, I think pastels need a big space as details are difficult to achieve with the big chunky chalk pieces. I didn’t end up with the image I had in mind but it was a good first effort with this medium, I think. I’m happy with the foreground.
I used painter’s tape to frame the space. I’ve read that some people swear by it and others hate it. It seemed to work fairly well but did pull up a little paper here and there when removed. If anyone can recommend something better, I’d appreciate it.
Got a bit of fright when I applied the fixer... everything went very dark. Thankfully the tones came back around as it dried.
Another thing I learned is that I’ll need to vacuum the space before I paint again... lots of coloured dust and bits all over my easel.