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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Watercolor plus pastel

The Hithergreen class tried something new to all of them yesterday. I had them bring old watercolors that they could brighten up by adding pastel colors to change or highlight dull areas. It worked like magic. Because pastels are opaque and made of nearly pure pigment, they can be applied light over dark and really add a lift to a painting that has gone muddy. I bought a set of 24 Prismacolor Nupastels for them to experiment with. These are harder than regular pastels and easier to work with for newbies. My original set of 12 didn't have enough colors to make it worthwhile, so if you're going to try this, go for the 24 or more colors.

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