How to Care for Pastels

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Pastels need to be cared for in a very particular way for the best possible results. Learn how to care for pastels with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I'm an artist in Portland, Maine, and I'm going to show you how to care for pastels. When you open up a new pack of pastels, you'll notice that they're all nicely in order going from red to purple, and then you have your pinks and your middles tones, and then black and white. And it's a good idea to keep them in this order as you're working with them, just to make it easy, so that especially when you have more pastels, you can know where to reach, and which color to grab for right when you want it. So, I look at this, and I want my blue, I know it's right in the middle and I can use it to draw with, and I'm going to put it back right where I took it out of, and you should always keep your cover on the pastels, because it keeps them nice, and fresh and preserved over time. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to care for pastels.


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