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Puffin Tutorial – Guidance


It is best to use either a sanded or velour paper for pastel paintings – this way you can layer the pastels and create depth to your paintings.

I like to use a smooth sanded paper like PastelMat for subjects which require definition, such as birds and a velour paper for furred subjects such as squirrels or hares, as it creates a soft feel to the finished painting.

Soft pastels are great for blending and Unison Colour pastels are one of my favourite brands as they have strong pigments and blend beautifully – a little goes a long way!

Hard pastels and pastel pencils are great for more defined lines and whiskers.


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