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Masking Tecniques with Unison Colour Soft Pastels with Robert Dutton

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Masking Techniques with Unison Colour pastels.

Innovative pastel techniques with Associate Artist, Robert Dutton 

Red Blue Moorland Landscape, pastel painting by Robert Dutton
‘Red blue moorland landscape’
Unison colour pastels on Canson Heritage 300gsm (140lb) ‘not 100% rag content watercolour paper 20 x 22 inches (51 x 56cm)

As a practicing artist and Unison Colour Associate Artist, I am frequently asked by a wide audience how I create such sharp continuous edges and clean lines within my pastel paintings, This guide will let you into the ‘sectets’ how I achieve such eye catching shapes and details with your wonderful soft Unison Colour pastels.  

There is no doubt that artists using soft pastels (in fact any pastels), will eventually struggle to get nice clean sharp lines in their work.

Brand new pastels straight out of the box begin to ‘blunt’ and get round at both end leaving a thicker mark instead of the desired crisp thin edges they created when new out of the box. So, how are those clean shapes and areas of lovely flat tone with sharp edges and continual crisp lines created?  


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