Whether you're registered for one of my Pastel Workshops, or you're just starting to explore the wonderful world of soft pastels, there are some items you'll need to help create a successful painting.
Items listed with a (W) beside them are a must for each pastel workshop. Any changes or exceptions will be posted for class participants in the workshop description.
You can also visit my Pinterest board 'Pastel Supplies' for a visual of some of the items listed or just some great art tools (pictured to the left).
* A good assortment of soft pastels. Brands that I like include Unison, Sennelier, Terry Ludwig, Rembrandt. They all have a slightly different quality and feel so a collection of some of each makes a nice pallet. You will want more than a small starter set for full use of colour. Also include a good sized set of harder pastels - namely Nu-Pastel. Pastel pencils are nice but not necessary. (W)
* Vine charcoal is necessary for the initial drawing. (W)
* A pad of Mi Tientes paper for prep work and experimentation. (W)
* Pastel Premier paper or U Art paper 280 - 400 grit (W)
* I suggest that the paper we use be taped to a smooth portable surface. I use corrugated plastic or thin board. Gaterboard is also an option. Make sure it is cut larger than the paper you will be working on. (W)
* I work standing up at an easel so that pastel dust can fall down from my work. If you have a table-top easel, or working easel that you want to bring to a workshop, you will be glad you did.
* At some workshops we will create an under-painting using pastels and either rubbing alcohol or water. Please bring along a small spray bottle of one or the other. Rubbing alcohol dries quickly making it easier to work with. (W)
* Moving around the wet pastel works best with a couple paintbrushes designed for acrylic painting (filbert or flat / synthetic mix). (W)
* Masking tape (W)
* Sketch pad
* Blending tools - sponges, stomps, rag
* Wipes (for wiping up), paper towel, latex or vinyl gloves