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The Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques
A Unique Visual Directory of Pastel Painting Techniques, With Guidance On How To Use Them
Judy Martin

Search Press
29 November 2017/ ISBN 9781782215943
How-To Books/Art

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


This is an updated guide to what to do with those colorful sticks you see in art shops. They are for painting, but are not like paint; instead they come in a variety of different types, each with its own special characteristics. Read all about it in this handy guide for artists.

As it says on the back cover, this book “encourages artists to discover and develop their pastel painting skills.” In other words, this is a guide to pastels aimed at the artist who has gained their experience in other media and wants to branch out. It is not a beginners’ guide and, although there are a few “demonstrations” to read through, you won’t find projects with staged photographic steps. Find out what each pastel type does and all about suitable papers and other materials. Learn about the different ways of using pastels and the effects each are capable of, plus how to use them in conjunction with other art media.

The rest of the book looks at themes for pictures, each subject being a gallery of work with explanations about how effects were produced. Most subjects are covered, from portraits of people and animals to landscapes, buildings, water and still life but not abstracts. Each of the six sections here has a demonstration by a variety of artists showing how they worked through a picture. To get the most out of this book it helps to be experienced already and thus be able to master a new medium without a primer.

If you cannot find a good range of pastels and art materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2017