Making Your Own Frames

  Here’s what my standard framing looks like. Because pastels must be framed under glass (or plexiglass) and framing is SO expensive, I decided early on that I would learn to do my own framing and invest in framing equipment and tools.  I have found it to be...

Cool Tools

There are a few tools that I use for various purposes that I think are pretty useful.  Some are shown here. Viewfinders The gray square viewfinder is called a Viewcatcher.  You can set the opening to be various sizes, 11″ x 14″, 12″ x 16″,...

Pastel Surfaces

This painting was done on UArt sanded paper, 800 grit, which is my favorite surface for pastels.  UArt comes in a variety of sizes (this one is 21″ x 27″) and in 4 different grits.  800 is the finest grit.  I love the way the tooth of this surface grabs...

Pastel Storage

This is my pastel box that I use on a daily basis when I’m painting.  It is a Heilman box, which is the best pastel box made, in my opinion.  As do most pastelists, I think it’s important to arrange pastels in a logical order.  This box has six sections,...

Lots (not all) About Pastels

There are 2 main types of pastels:  “Soft” and “Oil”.  Oil pastels are a completely different animal.  Although I have tried them, I do not use oil pastels.  Most shows designated for “Pastels” do not include oil pastels.  So...