If you’re new to painting with pastels, it’s important to know that the dust is something you want to avoid inhaling as much as possible. But don’t let that stop you – simply follow this expert advice from Brenda Boylan, who has a wealth of experience with this colorful and versatile medium.
Coming Soon! Brenda has a new PaintTube.TV workshop coming soon on how to paint with pastels for beginners, featuring a step-by-step demonstration of painting a barn in a field.
Painting with Pastels Safely: 3 Quick Tips
BY BRENDA BOYLAN
It’s important to have a safe, effective working station, as Brenda points out in her upcoming video workshop on how to paint with pastels for beginners. Here’s a sneak preview at some of her tips.
1. Create a dust tray out of masking tape, and tilt your painting forward a bit so the pastel dust doesn’t contaminate the painting.
2. Don’t vacuum up the pastel dust! Rather, have a tarp or old piece of canvas on the floor to collect extra dust and when finished painting, roll up the tarp and toss it in the washing machine. Vacuuming pastel dust will disperse the pigment into the air.
3. I recommend placing a small, portable Hepa filter near your easel to keep the dust down. ~B.B.
In addition to her new pastel painting video workshops, Brenda will be leading a demo during the 2nd Annual Pastel Live virtual art conference! Register soon for early bird specials: PastelLive.com.