Pastel Workshop Materials List with Penelope Gilbert-Ng:
One Half sheet of White COLOURFIX Art Spectrum paper or White TEX Canson paper I shall show you underpainting in watercolour as this approach is just another method to pastel. You will need a selection of primary colour watercolours I use tube watercolours, Magenta for red, Aureolin yellow or lemon yellow and cobalt blue sometimes turqouise blue and a medium to large size synthetic oil painting brush for application (use and old brush as paper chews up bristles quickly as is abrasive).Watercolour palette.
Board: You will be working on half sheet paper having a board big enough to accommodate the paper size with some space around the paper. Backing paper (about 5 or 10 sheets of butchers paper) as padding behind the paper. You can use newspaper but iron out the creases as this will be bumpy otherwise.
Bulldog Clips masking tape I use the masking tape all around the paper which gives a white border after completion
Easel…. Free standing or table easel
Faber Castell kneadable eraser, also plastic eraser
Fine mist water sprayer
Torchon / I use a colour shaper grey rubber tip.
Old flat hog hair oil painting brush/water container
2B pencil, Sketch book
Barrier cream Dermex 5A or barrier cream you can otherwise buy
Mask if you use one. Apron, Newspaper, Cloth for table and floor
Pastel fixative optional not hair spray
Glassine paper for protecting painting for transport
Photos you have taken of portraits WITHOUT FLASH. Have a light source to create interesting shading. A connection to who you paint is important. No commercial photos from books or magazines. Your own resources of effort going out and looking for what appeals to you creates special paintings.
The pastels you have already Hard and Soft. Make sure you have a variation in tones of your colours such as dark medium and light. Suggested colours Schmincke quinacridone violet 048B, Schmincke perm orange 005 O (lightest one), a black, greys, ochres, umbers. Bring pastel pencils if you have them. Turquoise in various values.
For those starting in pastel Faber Castell have boxes of half sticks which are a good base of colours to start from and gradually add colours to your collection as you need them. Rembrandt also have excellent sets in different quantities to start with landscape portrait or mixed colours. Schmincke are difficult to buy so Unison have good colours and Art Spectrum have a good dark purple Flinders Blue Violet D520 that can substitute the Schmincke O48B and a new light colour set. I shall have some pastels for those who have small sets to use.
Lots of enthusiasm essential.