Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gray Pastels & Charcoal

Charcoal River
@9" x 14"
Charcoal, Chalk & Pastel
Casey Klahn

Sometimes you have to take charge of your own grays. I make them from easel tailings, and they are full of inclusions. You never know what you're going to get.

Homemade Grays


Donna T said...

I like this a lot, Casey - kind of a quiet simplicity. Your homemade grays look like they must be very useful!

Casey Klahn said...

I appreciate your comment, Donna!

I use the grays in every painting I do.

Jala Pfaff said...

They look like such delicious purpley grays!

Barbara said...

Casey, will you remind us how you turn your tailings into little blocks of color? Thanks!

Casey Klahn said...

Thanks, Jala and Barbara! I'll write the answer this afternoon here.

Casey Klahn said...

Cut and paste this URL, please.

Essentially, I collect the tailings in a jar. Then, I wet the tailing dust with water, and roll till paste. Let dry overnight, or until room temperature.

Add white pigment or black to get a range of values. Later on, try using hues store bought as powder, the same as many painters do in order to make their own paints.

The essentials of making colored pastels are pigment, whiting, talc, and white pigment. Daniel Smith or other catalog stores will sell these. I have yet to use the Gum Trag. - haven't needed it.

See this picture:

Brian McGurgan said...

Beautiful drawing, Casey - I love the soft, subtle color and the strong strokes here. Those do look like very useful gray pastels - my pastel dust is usually a cool greenish gray.