New Product to play with ..... another excuse to get into the studio apart from the fact that the rain is keeping you indoors!
Below is a link to Diane Townsend's latest product (drum roll here) ..... less dusty pastels!
They are called Figments.
Diane has been in the pastel business for quite some time now (since 1971) and you may have some of her thin lines or terrages in your collection of pastels. These little gems are a bit grittier than most and have the happy knack of being able to deposit more color on a piece you thought was almost saturated with pigment. Take a look at the new offering. You can see what others are saying on Diane's Facebook page too.
More about these new dustless pastels ......
These new pastel products represent a direction I am taking in the making of my pastels. My concept is to create a pastel with less dust or no dust at all, as is with figment if used on lightly misted or sprayed paper. The modified Terrages pastels are pastels that produce less dust. They are smooth moving and the color stays where you put it. The pastel is not wasted on the floor, fingers etc. not to mention the air you breathe!
The dry ground is a pumice based chunk of material made to be applied to paper and rubbed in with your hand. I suggest wearing a glove, otherwise you will have no hand left after doing this repeatedly! Once the surface is prepared just draw into it with any pastel. I suggest figment because the dry ground helps figment to disperse and move. The binder in figment sticks to the surface well too.
Figment is slightly greasy and adheres well to the page. It is more permanent in that it can not be removed by rubbing. If you use figment over dry ground the flow of the pastel is fantastic and you can build up many layers of color. But if you like pastels that emphasize line, figment is great. If you like to watercolor into figment it is utterly fantastic!
Posted by A M Healey for PSST
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