Pastel Storage

Storing pastels is always a topic of conversation amongst pastel artists. Well, until you find the perfect solution that is. And I think I have finally found it. In an earlier post I wrote about organising your pastels by colour,…

My Portrait Selection Pastel Set

I have come up with a portrait selection of Rembrandt pastels that I think is a great basic set for portraiture. For those that don’t know which pastels to start with, which colours to buy and how to get going…

How to Organise Pastels

  I am working on a pastel self portrait (and filming it so stay tuned) and since it had been a while I got my pastels out I just grabbed some pastel boxes from the cupboard and got started. In…

Canson Mi-Teintes Touch pastel paper

Review: Mi-Teintes Touch Pastel Paper

Canson Mi-Teintes Touch is a new pastel paper to me. Not too long ago I wrote a blog post about the best pastel papers on the market. Fellow artist and friend Jane Gardiner suggested Canson Mi-Teintes Touch which she uses regularly…

Best Pastel Papers

Updated November 2017 to add Mi-Teintes Touch Over the years I have worked with quite a few pastel papers and found some personal favourites. There are a lot of pastel papers out there and for any beginning pastel artist it…

Ten Handy Pastel Painting Tips

After a long break I got my pastels out again and did a small still life last week (‘Blue Pile’, see below). Pastels are such a wonderful medium. Yes, they are messy, but I love how you can get such…

Cretacolor Pastels

Cretacolor Carre Pastels are hard pastels that are nice and easy to use, hardwearing, and affordable. They are great for sketching as well as painting, but limited in use through its small colour selection and the lack of single sticks…