Graham now uses a set of 30 Unison half pastels plus a medium hard square black. This set has been put together over many years and has been used to create the paintings on the DVD's, all now available in one box. Graham also uses the new Caran D'ache super soft pastel pencils and has put together a set of 18 of the most used. These are used for the finer detail especially in the trees, buildings, boats etc. The other equipment used is a number 6, soft, chisel edge colour shaper. This is used to blend the colours in small areas and to create the reflections. Also an 8mm pastel pencil extender for when your pastel pencils are wearing down, don't throw them away. Place the pencil into the extender and use right down to the end.
PLEASE NOTE - THE £3.00 POSTAGE CHARGE APPLIES TO UK ADDRESSES ONLY, AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE WILL BE REQUESTED FOR OVERSEAS POSTAGE
The paper is the most important element in pastel painting as it is the papers tooth that holds the pastel onto the papers surface.
Pastel papers come in a whole variety of colours, weights and surface textures. Some surfaces are relatively smooth (Canson Mi-Teintes) whilst others are extremely rough, similar to sand paper. My current favourite for working in pastel is a paper from Hanhemuehle called Lana Colours which has a medium texture on one side and a more pronounced texture on the other. I also prefer to use a mid tone colour paper as I can then work darker and lighter from the papers tone. I use the grey colour for landscapes and sea scapes. The "Lana Colours" paper being relatively new is a little more difficult to obtain at the moment, however packs of twelve grey colour sheets are available above. When working with the new Caran D'ache pastel pencils or a mixture of soft pastel and pastel pencils, I use the Moody Views pastel pencil paper which has a slightly finer tooth than the Lana paper.
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