• Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels

    Tim Fisher demonstrates how to use the oil pastels on their own, or in conjunction with acrylic inks and paints, and watercolours, on a variety of surfaces, to create beautiful paintings that will maintain their vibrancy for years to come.

    The Beginner's Guide to Painting with Oil Pastels features six full step-by-step projects covering a variety of subjects including animal portraits, street scenes, boats and harbours, buildings and glorious landscapes. Tim introduces the reader to mark-making with oil pastels, explains the history of the medium, and how to protect and keep an oil pastel painting once it is complete.

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  • Beginning Pastel

    Beginning Pastel guides beginning artists through an exploration of pastel techniques and step-by-step projects for a comprehensive and approachable overview of this colourful medium. From choosing the right paper, pastels and colours to basic techniques such as blending, grading and masking, it is the perfect resource for artists just getting started in pastel.

    Starting with a blank canvas, each stroke and technique is clearly explained and beautifully illustrated, allowing readers to master key concepts and then put them into practice through simple step-by-step exercises. Often considered an advanced medium, Beginning Pastel makes drawing in pastel accessible and achievable for artists of all skill levels.

  • Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques

    A new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopaedia by professional artist Judy Martin.

    Many manuals on pastel painting take for granted the use of traditional soft pastels, a dry medium that provides the richness and variety of paint colours. Soft pastel is certainly the most versatile and widely used, but the modern range of materials include other pastel types that have their own specific purpose. In this exhaustive A–Z reference for artists of all skills, a variety of different pastel types are detailed, from oil through to water-soluble pastels, amongst the multitude of techniques broken down and easily explained.

    The book itself is divided into two sections: the first provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic colour mixing through to creating special effects such as sgraffito and sfumato. The second part focuses on themes, illustrating how individual artists tackle a number of subjects, including natural landscapes, urban scenes, figures, animals and still life.

    This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists both amateurs and veterans develop their own pastel style.

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  • Introduction to Pastels

    An Introduction to Pastels is a practical guide to a wide range of pastel techniques.

    More than 300 photographs, clear instructions and easy-to-follow exercises are designed to teach beginners all the essentials of pastels. This carefully constructed course ensures that you gain both the confidence and the know-how to create imaginative, beautiful pictures.

    Unique gallery pages display works of masters – pastels that will instruct and inspire every student of the medium.

  • Painting Pastel Landscapes

    Written by soft pastel expert Jeremy Ford, this book is packed full of soft pastel techniques and inspiring step-by-step projects.

    It starts with the basics, such as mark-making and blending, through using colour and tone and creating skyscapes, to more advanced techniques including successfully creating depth and perspective.

    The book builds in difficulty, interspersing the tips and techniques with five beautiful step-by-step projects, allowing the reader to either dip in and out of the book for inspiration, or to follow the book as a course to build up their skills. A wide range of Jeremy’s inspiring work is shown throughout to inspire and encourage the reader.

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  • 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 for the Absolute Beginner

    If you have ever wanted a complete course in using pastels but lacked the confidence to start, then Pastels for the Absolute Beginner is the book for you.

    Rebecca de Mendonça offers the beginner a complete course in using pastels. Step-by-step exercises and longer projects help you to build essential skills and allow you to produce a range of pictures, including landscapes, still life, portraits and animals. Vital drawing skills are explained and demonstrated, along with an easy-to-follow guide to colour theory. A huge wealth of finished paintings provide ideas and inspiration for your own future pastel work.

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  • 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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  • Start to Paint with Pastels

    Focusing on soft (chalk) pastels, this clear, simple-to-understand book encourages you to explore the materials and methods needed to get started.

    The author begins by introducing you to a variety of techniques, and looks at sketchbooks and photographs as a way of gathering source material. There are then five stunning step-by-step projects for the reader to choose from, covering a range of subjects from flowers to landscapes and coastal scenes, and designed to build on the basic skills covered in the earlier sections of the book.

    You will learn about creating atmosphere, colour, tone, composition and perspective, and before you realise it you will have all the skills you need to create your own beautiful pastel paintings.

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