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Ready for a pastel challenge? Mix soft pastels with pastel pencils to create a dramatic scene of St Michaels Mount,

Pastels

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

¦ Begin with a soft pastel background

¦ Add pastel pencils highlights and details

¦ Tips and techniques for painting with pastels

This is a simplified version of another painting where I put the source of light coming from behind the mount, leaving it as a simple silhouette. The boat was added and placed so that it is pointing towards the focal point. The strip of water in the foreground also acts as a lead-in, taking you towards our focal point.

If you are planning to draw an outline onto the pastel paper don’t use a pencil, as pastel will not adhere to the pencil lines. I use either a pastel pencil or a fine point Biro.

Tape your pastel paper along the top and bottom to a piece of smooth board and prop this at an angle of around 35 to 45 degrees to allow excess pastel dust to fall away. Fold a piece of newspaper and place it under the bottom edge of the board to catch excess pastel dust.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. As always, the issue is packed full of demonstrations and tutorials for you to follow, from watercolour, pen and wash and pastel to acrylics and oils. Liz Chaderton demonstrates how to add gold leaf to your paintings for that added wow factor and Julie King offers inspiration for this year's Christmas card. There are three quick practices to help you paint watercolour with more confidence and our cover artist, Shelly Perkins shares her unique methods of combining traditional and digital techniques in 'Pencils, Paint and Pixels'. Find out where some of the best exhibitions, art events and art club shows are running this month, books to read and so much more! Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.