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Favorite tool

Currently one of my favorite tools is soft pastel. Soft pastel is pigment in a small stick. The pigment is held together with binders. In the cheaper ones there are more ‘fillers’ (nonpigmented).

Soft pastel is easy to love. I love how easy it is to put a lot of color on a page. I love the lusciousness of the colors. There are also some major drawbacks, they give off dust, it gets everywhere and you need to clean the pastels regularly. But that is a lot easier than brush cleaning. So I’m happy with them.

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My box of half pastels

I set myself the target to learn to use pastels. This is only one target next to some others, such as making a lot of portraits and organizing an exhibition, developing drawing courses and selling them. I also wanted to learn to work with gouache – took a course – and found I don’t like the medium very much.

I’m combining targets at present. Teaching a course called “Coloring with the Masters” and having my students draw in colored pencil, oil pastels and -tada!- soft pastel. I’m doing what I learned in university – make sure you’re a bit ahead of your students. So working with pastels and sharing basic tips and techniques that I’ve picked up over the past years (and am learning myself right now).

All very nice.

I would love to hear what your favorite art tool is.

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2 comments on “Favorite tool

  1. Sheila Marie Delgado
    July 3, 2018

    Watercolor. I thought some of your previous work was in gouache. Wrong I take it. What is it you didn’t like? I want to try that a bit more myself.

    • corinnebekker
      July 3, 2018

      Ah of course, watercolor. And you’re good at it. When I see your work it seems it comes natural to you. (Probably after a lot of practice)
      Anyway, I can so relate. I love it too. I’m just not using it a lot lately.
      Ah, about the gouache, it feels gritty and I don’t like the feel of the brush with paint on the paper. Perhaps I could get over that if I try again. It’s just that I like the feel of the paint much better in watercolor. What I did like was that it’s opaque, so there’s always a possibility to paint over previous layers and obliterate them (if I feel I must).
      I’m curious now, which pieces you thought were in gouache. 🙂

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