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dennis

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Reply #15 on: January 06, 2011, 07:38:55 PM
Pastels are funny things. The moment you apply a spray of fixative over it it darkens up and if you over-spray then it really gets a dark color. I gently spray in between the layers to fix what I have and then on the final layer I hardly spray at all to keep the freshness of the colors. This the correct way.

If you want to send by post then use a thin plastic over the surface when rolling it up. Do this gently  with minimum movement between the two. The pastel does not easily transfer over to the plastic. A large sheet of tracing paper will do the same. This is what they use in some art sketchbooks to stop the pastel or graphite being transferred to the other page.

You can stack up a lot of paintings this way - with tracing paper interleaved for safety.
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Reply #16 on: January 06, 2011, 08:28:54 PM
When I painted in my sky yesterday with a fairly mid tone range of a lavender color (using white and Alizarin plus a touch of Ultramarine), it looked really nice. Today, it's all very flat. I can't believe it. When my colors are wet it looks great. Up till now, I had been trying glazes only. On this painting, I used an under coat of burnt sienna. When dry, I used OPAGUE paint over it (the lavender). I guess it's that white that makes it dull looking now. Going to try the retouch varnish on it later on when dry. If it shines up the saturation GOOD. Then I'll know from then on. I won't use the retouch as much as possible after this.
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The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #17 on: January 07, 2011, 05:14:05 AM
I am curious to know what you are using as a medium.  I use a medium that makes even my black glossy after it dries. 
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Reply #18 on: January 07, 2011, 06:00:56 AM
Pat, I would be very nervous spraying from a can; there's just so much more control with a brush.  Remember, if your painting is not drying under the retouch varnish, then it is not doing its job. At the end of the day, it is a product for sale, so don't have complete trust on what is written on the can.


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Reply #19 on: January 07, 2011, 07:10:48 PM
Kelly, I'm using Liquin..a fast drying medium. I know it dries to a matte finish, but it's a comprimise I have to take. It's very popular and many use it. Some of my other colors though do not dry flat at all and are pretty glossy. Has to be the paint itself.
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #20 on: January 07, 2011, 08:03:43 PM
Georgie, the only real way to ensure your pastels don't smudge is to frame them behind glass, but if you need to ship them, you can build a box out of coreflute. Then use masking tape to stick the pastel down to the back so you have some air between the pastel drawing and the front of the box.

Pat, another layer of varnish may bring out the shine again as it is actually the varnish that is glossy and not the paint, so if you have a mark already, you don't have much to lose imo