Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Making Pastels Resource

Making Professional Pastels.  Resource at Daniel Smith, by Paul de Marrias.

I made these.

Pigment Pen

The Daniel Smith stores are here in Washington state.  I especially enjoy going into the Seattle store and picking out big, white bags of pigment - French Ultramarine is my favorite.

Here are some stores around the US that supply pigments and other materials:

Daniel Smith, founded in Seattle.
Utrecht Art Supplies, founded in NYC.
Rochester Art Supply, Rochester, NY.
Artisan, Santa Fe.  Find Gamblin pigments there.

I guess I borrowed some pigments from a pastel stick in this instance, but pictured is a bag of Daniel Smith Whiting.  The jar holds blue easel tailings.


Karin Goeppert said...

I love making pastels. I have never tried from bought pigments. I collect the debris from my paintings and add some water.
I made 2 new sticks this morning before breakfast - nice activitiy.

Casey Klahn said...

Making from new pigments is not as hard as one might think, Karen. Use a spray bottle with a paper towel rubber-banded to the trigger so as to change out after each color. Gloves and a mask.

Spray a "mashed potato pile" with water, and roll by hand. If too wet, dab with a paper towel. If too dry, add tiny amounts of water.

It is very rewarding!

Karin Goeppert said...

I thought you need binder too? The way you describe it is very easy.

Casey Klahn said...

The Paul De Marrias article at Dan Smith shares his "secret formula" which adds whiting and talc, which I call "body." I have yet to add any binder, although I have a bag of Gum Trag handy.

Karin Goeppert said...

So all the pastels that I have seen on your blog that you made yourself were without binder? Right?
If that is the case I know I will be hooked!!!!

Casey Klahn said...

That's right, Karin, no binder . Whiting, french Talc and pigment. They are fairly soft, with a creamy texture.

Karin Goeppert said...

Thank you - I found the article. I hope I can get whiting and Talc here. Hmmm, wonder what that is. Germany is unfortunately a pastel-wasteland.

Eden Compton Pastels and Oils said...

You are really inspiring me Casey! Would love to make my own but on a boat it is a bit difficult . . . In the meantime, Paul made me a beautiful set of handmade cityscape colors a couple of months ago that are fantastic. It's amazing how much heavier a handmade pastel feels (all that pigment I guess). Thanks for all the info - what a great resource!

Casey Klahn said...

I'm sure you'll make great use of the cityscape set, Eden!