Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastels & Mixed Media


     A wonderful opportunity to experiment with with soft pastels in a variety of experimental ways in your own home studio: underpinnings with acrylics, watercolors or pastels diluted with rubbing alcohol .( No petroleum based solvents) We will be layering  with both dry and wet media. Lots of exuberant mark making on several surfaces! Open to continuing artists of all levels and media-  and adventurous beginners who want to explore the versatility of this vibrant medium!

Sat-Sun 10 am-4 PM
Studio55,55 Howe Road Martinez, Ca
Tuition $350
Workshop limited to 10 participants


 Soft  Chalk Pastels: ( No Oil Pastels)

 1 set Nupastels ( by Prismacolor)
 1 set Rembrandts  ( can be set of ½ sticks)
:Schmincke, Sennelier, or Great American ArtWorks  ( if you are able)

 Papers: Surfaces

 2 sheets  full size Gesso Primed 140 lb or 300 lb watercolor paper ( both sides)
1 Sheet Colorfix by Art Spectrum Pastel paper 20”x28” or Premier or U Art ( Sanded Pastel Papers or Pastel Mat (From Dakota Pastels) ( OPTIONAL)
10 sheets of hardware grade 320 grit wet/dry sand paper( 8″x10″ ( It is black) ( for warm up exercises)

Paints: Your collection of acrylic paints / colored inks
 Brushes: An assortment of inexpensive hog bristle brushes that can withstand sanded pastel papers,
Additional materials:
1 pint Liquitex Clear Gesso ( has pumice, for priming – only this brand)
70 % isopropyl rubbing alcohol 1 pt.
2 “ or wider Masking tape, Bull dog clips , Blending stumps/Q tips
Surgical/protective gloves/ protective hand creme
Utility knife
Drawing board to fit size of paper
Portable easel (optional,) –
Glassine paper for protecting work. and portfolio ( can be homemade & cardboard) for storing work
Fixative for  pastels (either Spectra Fix or my recipe)***
Graphite powder and dry pigments
Extra mark making tools
***Fixative recipe: part fat free milk
1 part 70% Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Mix and pour into either a Pre-Val sprayer or a really good trigger sprayer

Mail Order Suppliers:  Dakota Pastels




Stunning Abstracts with Soft Pastel and Mixed media

Online 2 day workshop


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