I frame the European way: I place the painting directly behind the
anti-reflection, UV protection museum quality glass. I secure the
painting and the glass together using acid-free artist’s tape. In the
case of using velour or suede, it is pre-mounted on 100% rag-board,
archival quality matte-board. For extra stability and to prevent
touching the back of the painting, I apply a sheet of acid-free
foam-core to the back of the painting. I then hand push the brads to
hold everything into place. I do not recommend using power tools, such
as points gun or drill. Using these items can, and probably will, cause
pastel to shake loose from the painting and stick to the glass. Then
comes the dust cover, D-rings and wire. whew! And hopefully when I turn
it over no pastel dust shook loose!
For all of my animal art, I use pre-mounted velour paper by Hahnemühle,
mounted on acid-free, archival quality rag board. When framing the
piece, I put a thick piece of foam core behind it so that nothing
touches the back of the painting, thus shaking the pastel loose. I use
Kitty Wallis sanded paper for portraits and still life. It’s the best
sanded paper out there, I’ve found. It has so much tooth to it you can
layer all day on the stuff and it won’t fill up. The sanded paper had
been pre-mounted onto acid-free foam core or acid-free, archival quality
Everyone painting in pastel needs a set of 96 NuPastel by Prismacolor.
Supplement with Rembrandt, Girault, Senniliar, Unison and Terry Ludwig.
They range from hard to very soft and are used for different purposes.
The soft pastels, for example are used at the end of a painting for
vibrant color – kinda like the icing on the cake. The hard pastels
(NuPastels and Rembrandt) are your work horses and a must for fur.
Girault and Senniliar are terrific for laying down your base coat which
can end up being multiple layers. Get a good set of Derwent Pencils.
They have multiple purposes, around the eyes and those tight spots. I
have just about every pastel pencil out there but Derwent, Conté, Faber
Castell, Rembrandt and Cretacolor are among my favorites.
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