I am teaching a beginning pastel painting class this weekend at the John Campbell Folk School. Full class with 2 standby’s. Yah!!! I love teaching these classes, meeting new students and making new friends.
We are going to do underpainting techniques to get started using dry pastel and pastel with Alcohol.
Using the dry pastel method, pastel is applied to the surface lightly (not heavy) where you have made a simple drawing. Main point is to get the darks where you want them. Once the dry pastel is all over the surface, use a piece of pipe insulation to spread or push the pastel into the sanded paper. Doesn’t matter if colors overlap and it’s not perfect – this is only an underpainting.
It’s hard to get everything into a short weekend but we do our best.
Alcohol underpainting will be next.
Alcohol Underpainting: Apply the pastel as in the dry method. Use an old brush, pour out a small amount of Alcohol into a container. Starting with the lighter colors, dip the brush into the alcohol and using a paper towel, wpe the brush on to absorb extra alcohol. Apply over the pastel going from light to dark. You may need to wipe the brush between colors. Go over the entire surface. Let dry and your underpainting is complete.
Here is the finished painting.