Pastel Board Discovery
What I love about them is that they are a combo of painting and drawing, my two favorite things, and are easy to transport.
What I don't love about them is the mess, and the way they instantly dry out my hands and make them filthy, and the dust is a health hazard. I keep it to a minimum by having a damp blanket of newsprint under me, which I can carefully roll up and throw away.
I am giving a pastel lesson in school, and the school pastels are of poor quality. So is the pastel paper I have. Combine those two and it makes for a frustrating experience - nothing like Sennalier pastels over sanded paper. After making a half dozen drawings on various papers tonight in preparation for class, and all but one of them ending in frustration, I remembered the 6 bottles of Art Spectrum Primer that I had bought!
I painted a thin coat of dark blue over a piece of scrap mat board, and was thrilled with the surface it created. It was almost as nice as my expensive pastel papers!
So tomorrow, I will teach the student how to prime their boards, and it should make the pastel experience a bit more enjoyable.
Tonight's photos of my experimentations. Top is a pastel drawing with a dirty water wash (haha), and then detailed in unblended pastel, and the bottom is pastel over the primed mat board.
(ps I showed them to my students, and they were motivated by them and the priming experience, so we shall see how it pans out! Results to follow!)