• Art Handbooks: Painting with Pastels

    Pastels are fun, versatile and easy to use. Strokes and squiggles of colour can be blended to create beautiful skies, waterscapes and landscapes, and details can be added easily using broad and thin lines. By merging and overlaying colours you can create soft velvety tones, rich textured or subtle effects, atmosphere, light and movement.

    This invaluable guide takes you through all the stages of creating a painting, from simple strokes and blending techniques to creating perspective and atmosphere. Four easy-to-follow practical demonstrations help you gain confidence and build up skills, illustrating all the techniques you need to know ... so pick up your pastels and paint!

  • Pastel Colour Wheel Book

    Turn the unique colour wheel on the front cover to see instantly the precise shade you will achieve by mixing two pastel colours. Work through the eight projects to learn the basic techniques of working using pastels, including hatching, dabbing and layering.

    Learn the techniques of colour mixing and the range of shades and tones that can be achieved. Look at works in pastels and the way their creators have used colour and colour mixing for assorted finishes.

  • Pastel Painting Step-by-Step

    All soft pastel painting enthusiasts will benefit from this in-depth instruction manual from three respected and well-loved pastel artists.

    Starting with advice on materials, it moves on to pastel basics such as colour mixing, adding water to pastels, blending, adding tone and using a limited palette. There are sections that include landscape painting with advice on composition and painting trees and water, how to capture light in pastels and how to paint flowers.

    Throughout, the art of painting in pastels is taught through 13 beautiful, easy-to-follow projects; each section is accompanied by step-by-step photographs and instructions and a selection of inspirational paintings in a rich variety of styles by the three featured artists.

  • Pastels Unleashed

    Margaret Evans shares her huge enthusiasm for the medium and her expertise in the properties of pastels. She demonstrates the stages: sketching in, blocking in and then building up, that lead to a successful painting, and then the dry and wet techniques that really unleash the potential of pastels. There are then six beautiful step-by-step demonstrations.

    She shows how to:

    • Choose papers or use underpainting techniques to make the most of them
    • Use turpentine and how to dilute or intensify colours, and there is information of composition, perspective, painting figures and mood and atmosphere, all helping equip the reader to paint in her fantastically creative way
    • Develop painting ideas from her wonderfully inspiring photographs, workbooks and travel diaries

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  • Practical Pastels

    After pencils, pastels are the easiest medium of all for the novice artist to learn on: you can get a vivid, appealing result with just a few hours’ practice, and the solid sticks of colour are satisfying to handle and to use.

    Planned and compiled by an accomplished pastel artist and teacher, Practical Pastels follows a simple formula to guarantee success, taking the reader from their very first mark-making exercises to accomplished sketches in easy-to-follow stages with accessible, inspirational text.