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Pastels for beginners

Tips and techniques for painting with pastels, by Jenny Kealc

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

First steps in mark making, removing mistakes and creating patterns

Before you start to use a new pastel, remove the paper wrapping, as leaving it on will inhibit the full range of possibilities. I also break the stick in half, as this provides a more usable size.

Making broad strokes

Holding the pastel along its length, stroke the colour on with firm pressure. This gives good coverage. Lift the pressure to create texture – the lighter the pressure, the more broken the colour will be. This lifting of pressure can be equated to the dry-brush technique in watercolour.

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Have fun as you learn to paint with Leisure Painter. Aimed at beginners and amateur painters, this month's magazine offers step-by-step demonstrations, tutorials, projects from photographs, illustrated techniques and tips and techniques for painting with watercolour, acrylic, water-mixable oils, pastel, coloured pencils, ink and other drawing media. Find out how to paint seasonal landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, flowers and figures. There's also an article on mindful drawing techniques and one artist's experience of painting a large-scale mural on a remote tropical island. Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.