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        09-14-2011, 12:09 AM
    Pastels: so fun but SO messy!

    Bah! I have pastel dust everywhere! The keyboard is covered, you can't tell what color my desk is. I need to start using a drop cloth whenever I get the hankering to whip out my pastels. I'm working on a drawing for a friend. He's delivering my pony for me so I thought I'd give him a picture as a thank you surprise. Here it is so far. Still VERY rough, but it's a work in progress. I'll try to post the end result if I get finished in time.
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        09-14-2011, 02:02 AM
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    I just love it!!!!! Very nice action and color. Super nice!

    Hey, I heard that pastel dust might be toxic, so when you work in it, you might wear a mask. I dont' know if that is true, or maybe just urban myth?
    Something to check out. Totally love your style. So free and vibrant.
        09-14-2011, 06:16 AM

    And yes- Tiny is correct. Pastel dust is toxic, please wear a mask and work in a well ventilated area. I work primarily in pastel and it really effects my breathing if I don't wear a mask.
        09-14-2011, 01:02 PM
    LOVE the colors. I find pastels impossible - but you've made a really good job of them! This will look amazing finished
        09-14-2011, 03:39 PM
    Very nice work! **hugs**
    Do you seal your pastels (with a spray)?
        09-14-2011, 04:10 PM
    Green Broke
    Very nice! I love it!
        09-14-2011, 06:42 PM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    Very nice work! **hugs**
    Do you seal your pastels (with a spray)?
    Eek don't spray them!!!!!!!!! Spraying the final layer of pastel will make them go really dull after a short period of time, and often because of how the pigments in pastel are bound, the spray will encourage the particles to clump together.
    I learnt the hard way when I tried spraying a commission that I'd spent about 15 hours on. Went in the next day to package it ready for overseas postage, and it was a wreck. I had to try and do the whole thing again. You can spray the base layers - if you're like me and do about 10 layers of colour to create a base, then add the finer details as the top layer, you can spray the bottom layers to stablise the piece, but never never never use it on your final layer
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        09-14-2011, 07:20 PM
    Love it!
        09-14-2011, 08:15 PM
    Thanks guys!
    I noticed that with the last one I did when I sprayed it, it got really dull. So I guess I'll put the fixative on the bottom layers and then hurry up and get it in a frame when I'm done so it doesn't smudge?
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        09-14-2011, 09:16 PM
    Yep that's right Ink, I just try to keep mine on a flat surface in a cool, dark room until it's ready for framing or postage. If it needs to sit there for more than a couple of days, I will back it on cardboard and stretch grease proof/baking paper over it to keep it protected and smudge free. The more you handle it, the more pastel will come off and start to fade the piece, so you want to keep it very well protected.

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