1) Choose your colors. You will not need to have a huge set; usually a set of twelve will be sufficient. Soft pastels are good for blending and the harder ones are good for more defined lines.
2) Think about your drawing surface. There are papers and canvases created for each medium because they will hold the pigment best and show off the colors. For pastels use pastel paper, charcoal paper, or even fine sandpaper!
3) Using stumps (or cylinders of rolled up paper) to blend so that your fingers stay cleaner. Once the outside is dirty, peel off a layer of paper. In order to erase mistakes you can knead your eraser by stretching and playing with it. Press it into the work to lift the mistake.
4) Plan out your drawing. Lightly sketch it out with a regular pencil, and then work on filling it in with your pastels.
5) Start with the darkest colors first and then go to the lighter ones. Make sure to blend as you work.
6) Make sure you frequently clear the pastel dust from your work. In you’re working on a flat surface; go outside to dump the dust off. If you’re on an easel, the angle will take off the dust, but you might want to consider using something to cover the floor.
7) In order to keep your hands clean throughout the process, you can either keep baby wipes nearby, or you can use protective gloves to keep the pigment from getting on you.
8) Clean off each pastel stick after you use it- this will keep the colors from running together. Putting them in uncooked rice will also help keep them clean.
9) In order to keep the pigment from smearing or falling off, spray a fixative over it- but make sure you follow instructions carefully because it can be toxic.
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