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Homemade Pastel paper

Pastels will probably find their way into the series on my easel. Fume-free is appealing and I have some paper to work with.

Karen Margulis had an interesting idea in a pastel paper video. She mentioned covering an unsuccessful watercolor with clear gesso and reworking it in pastel.

As someone who’s been on a liberating roll of painting over paintings, I’m inspired.

Here are a couple share-worthy DIY pastel paper videos.


This method involves a blender, screens, ph tape and powdered marble.


This method modifies an existing smooth surface to accommodate dry media.


I found some interesting posts about materials on this Wet Canvas message board too.

Have you done this? Do you have any tips? As always, your comments are welcome.

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