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Pastel chalk
Comparison of the types with advantages and disadvantages

Interesting facts about pastels
In pastel painting, numerous aspects of drawing and painting are combined to create a unique work of art. For this process, painters use pure pigments, pastel pencils and pastel chalks. In the following article you can read everything there is to know about this particular chalk, which paper is suitable and what the advantages and disadvantages of pastel painting are.

The different pastels

soft pastels

Schmincke pastel landscape set
  • 30 colors in a set
  • Color selection ideal for landscapes and nature
  • Perfect starter or trial set
  • highest lightfastness
  • The different color sets are particularly suitable for a start. The colors are carefully coordinated. The Schmincke color laboratory works very carefully so that the colors always harmonize well and can be mixed well.

The soft pastel chalks from Schmincke definitely belong to the category "super soft“And are very colorful. They remain brightly colored even after being smeared. With them, good areas are possible.

medium-hard pastels

Sennelier pastels are a little softer but also more expensive than those from Jaxel.

Rembrandt soft pastels
  • Set of 90 colors
  • Half pens, very affordable price
  • elegant box with round chalks
  • Box approx in A4 format, so very handy
  • successful and universal color scheme
  • very good for lines or areas
  • slightly creamy consistency of the pastels

Half pens are available from Rembrandt. So you can do the same to yourself price make more color choices. Just as Beginner is that super suitable. Later you can always buy the colors that you need very often.

Jaxell pastel chalk
  • 72 colors in a set
  • angular chalks, very good so that they don't roll away
  • is easy to apply and smudge

The Jaxel pastel chalk is the hardest of the medium-hard chalk and is therefore suitable for structures and a few details.

hard pastels

Creatacolor pastel chalk
  • 36 colors in a set
  • square pens
  • very lightfast
  • brilliant colors
  • very 'firm' pastel chalk for detailed work
  • very productive due to its firmness

Cretacolor is a hard pastel that is completely unsuitable for surfaces. With the edges of the chalk blocks you can create fine details and structures.

The combination makes it

How many pastel colors do i need?

12 are a little bit little. 24-30 is a good place to start.

For starters is a pallet with 24 colors sufficient. Palettes with 48 colors are also ideal as they already have a large selection of colors. These pallets are usually not that expensive. They contain everything you need to get started.

The best is one Mix made of hard and soft. So you always have the right thing for surfaces and details. Each brand has its own Strengthen and it is absolutely necessary here to combine different variants.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is a pastel chalk?

Basically, pastels are a mixture of pigments and binders. The selection of binders ranges from organic to inorganic substances and these vary depending on the manufacturer. Pastel colors are available in either Pen or block shape

You can usually use normal chalks without any problems by rubbing them over a rough painting surface. The paper resembles a file.

The superfluous one dust the pigments that are abraded by the paper settle on the rough fibers of the paper. For this reason there is always a chalk film on every picture, which is either worked in with the finger or blown away.

On the other hand there is Oil pastelswhich - as the name suggests - use oil as a binding agent. In this way, the pigments get deeper into the leaf interior and do not leave a film of dust. In contrast to normal chalks, however, oil pastel crayons are much more difficult to mix.

What is a soft pastel chalk?

Soft pastel chalk is characterized by its extremely intense colors Pigments and different degrees of softness. They are very easy to apply and can usually be easily rubbed and mixed. Therefore, they are ideal for all kinds of mixing techniques.

In addition, it is with one damp brush possible to mix these chalks like watercolor. Then you can smudge the motif either with your finger or a cloth. In addition, multiple layers of paint can be layered on top of each other to create unique transitions and results. You can of course also set lights in this way.

How do you use pastel colors?

Anyone who starts painting with chalk will notice one thing - they are dusty. Blow away however, it is not a good idea as these will get into the air or as well inhaled become - which is not very recommendable. Therefore it would be an advantage to have a easel to draw. So the superfluous dust does not stay on the picture.

Pastel painting is all about layers. To achieve this, you first create one Base. In order to get a rough idea of ​​the picture, a color space is initially defined. It is best to sketch your contours and first surfaces with light colors. As soon as the first layer is in place, you put the second on top. In between, light and dark pigments can also be added to make certain areas very clear to highlight

Ideally come first soft chalks are used, then the harder ones. In between, there is also a series of swiping passes in order to be defined in advance Transitions to create. You can either use a eraser or improve and blend color shaper.

Whoever starts drawing should Not with a pencil sketch. Pastels don't cover well, and it wouldn't be nice if there were pencil lines in the finished image. It is therefore much better to create the sketch with pastels, charcoal pencils or immediately with chalks.

Expensive or cheap pastels?

If you choose a package of one as a starter set more expensive Brand, then on average you have the advantage that you later more color nuances for selection has.

For example, if you start with the pastel chalks from Sennelier instead of those from Jaxel, you can later fall back on a color selection of around 400 tones. Cheaper brands are sometimes limited to less than 100 shades, which makes it more difficult to choose later.

Paper for pastels

Canson Mi-Teintes colored drawing paper
  • 24 x 32 cm
  • 5 colors
  • different shades of gray & earth tones
  • 30 sheets, 160 g / sqm, glued on the short side
  • especially for pastel and chalk
  • one side is smoother, the other side is rougher. Good for various uses and preferences.
  • the smoother side is also very suitable for pencil drawings

Which paper is best?

For pastel painting becomes a relative rough paper as pastel colors get stuck in the depressions of the paper in the form of dust. Therefore, rough sketch paper, construction paper, hand-made paper, watercolor paper or heavy photo cardboard are recommended. In addition, the paper surface is mostly depending on the picture selected - for example, a rather coarse paper for landscapes. If you want to create exciting effects, you can also use colored drawing pads.

What do you use to fix pastel chalks?

In order to protect the finished picture from external influences, you should always use a Fixative spray be used. This is applied in a thin layer and thus protects the image from mechanical influences and loads.

It is important to always carefully close the can before use shake. In addition, it should always be at room temperature and in a good place ventilated Room to be sprayed.

Images that are protected with a fixing spray still have a brilliant appearance even after years Color intensity. The only important thing here is that the colors are slightly affected by the fixing spray darker and lose something of their luminosity.

What is the chalk smeared with?

A common one Wiping technique usually results during the painting itself. Since the chalk is only loosely on the sheet after application, these pigments can easily be smeared with the finger, estompens, tortillions, a cotton pad, leather or a brush.

Paper wiper, like Estompen, are great for blurring smaller areas. These consist of pressed and rolled paper and are about 12-15 cm long. Tortillions, on the other hand, are only pointed on one side and are made of loosely pressed paper. They are particularly suitable for fleeting blurring.

With the finger the pigments can be smudged depending on your taste and feeling. On the other hand, pigments are mixed together smoothly with the help of cloth, leather or cotton wool pads. Brushes are also good for blurring the chalk with ease.

With the help of stencils or an eraser, the wiping techniques are optimally and cleanly used.

Which pastels are good and why?

Which chalks are good depends heavily on what is being drawn. Soft chalks are ideal for larger areas. It is also easier to work with soft chalks and mix them together. In addition to soft pastel colors, soft erasers are also often used.

Hard chalks are often used for drawing details, contours and hatching. In addition, it is relatively difficult to mix them up.

Last but not least, there is Oil pastelsmade from a mixture of waxes and oils. They are not ordinary pastels in the strict sense of the word, but a mixture of wax and pastel.

Why do you use pastel colors?

You can use pastels realistic Paintings are created. Pastel painting is basically like any other art in which a lot of practice is needed. In addition, the choice of colors is exceptionally large, which ensures that the finished motifs are extremely lively. Just a piece of paper and chalk are enough to create great pictures.

Another advantage: the pictures have to do not dry, such as watercolor or acrylic paintings. With the pastel chalk it is possible to create simple ones Transitions to design as well as different Shades perform.

With the help of different wiping techniques, exciting Effects that are not possible in many painting and drawing areas. It's also great fun to work with pastel colors and the results are always there right away evident.

Pastels are easy to use transport and therefore ideal for working outside the home. They are also typically available in a wide variety of colors in any art supply.

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What can you do with pastel chalk?

There are numerous in pastel painting techniquesto create exciting effects. Soft pastels are therefore particularly suitable for large areas and for blurring. Hard pastels however, are ideal for sharp lines and details.

There are also so-called Pastel pencilsthat are particularly popular with fine details.

If you want to work with pastel colors, you should definitely deal with the following techniques:

1. Hatching

With this technique, thin lines are drawn diagonally from the bottom left to the top right from a 45 degree angle. This movement should come from the wrist if possible. This creates hatched and light areas that are very exciting to the eye. These hatch styles areQuick hatch orParallel hatching called.

In theCross hatch however, parallel hatchings are crossed over. This type is ideal especially in darker areas.

2. Templates

As in many other areas of drawing and painting, stencils are used in pastel art. These are available in different versions, from loose to sticky, and are simply attached to the paper.

3. Paint into each other

As the name suggests, with this technique, colors are mixed together mixed. First the desired base color is applied, then another chalk is used to paint over the existing surface. In this way, both colors are mixed together and the image creates more depth and color intensity. If you try different color combinations, you can achieve fantastic results in this way.

4. Rub / blend into one another

In this technique, several colors are blurred together. Here one color is applied, the next next to it and so on. If all the desired colors have been used, they are sent to the Interfaces rubbed together. This creates a beautiful one crossing of the colors. As a result, the color intensity in the blurred areas decreases, making the color appear a lot more flat and even.

5. Covering one another

This special shape is important when another color is to be painted on an area that has already been painted. A good example of this are the Pupils in the eyes. Of course, the colors shouldn't mix here. For this purpose, for example, the lower surface can be painted with a soft pastel chalk and the color above with a hard pastel chalk. Of course, they are also suitable in this case Pastel pencils outstanding. With these it is possible to draw exactly fine lines. This is particularly beneficial in the area of ​​the eyes.

What are the pros and cons?

As in every painting and drawing area, painting with pastel chalk also has its advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits with pastel chalk

  • color intensive painting
  • Transitions are achieved by simply rubbing in
  • direct paint application
  • With a little practice, realistic works can be achieved
  • less material
  • the appearance is unique

Disadvantages of pastel chalk

  • a very dusty affair
  • Pastel pictures must be treated with a fixing spray
  • fine details are difficult to achieve
  • does not permanently bond with the drawing paper

Photo credits:
Photo by Rose Elena on Unsplash, by Steve Johnson on Unsplash, by Jason Leung on Unsplashand by Peter Feghali on Unsplash

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