Pairing Watercolors with pastels

Watercolor also works quite well with pastel, which is a chalk-like, opaque drawing medium. You can use a watercolor wash as background and apply pastel over the top to draw on or to cover over the watercolor. When I first started to watercolor, the results were sometimes less than fabulous. Adding a layer of pastel over the watercolor frequently saved a painting. A white pastel can return white to an area where it was lost.

Pastels come in different shapes. The stick allows you to draw a wide area using the side. The pencils have a nice point and are good for detail and tight spots. They're also especially good for signing your name when you finish a painting. You can use pastels in any scene. I used it in Figure 4-15 in the engine's steam.

If you're using pastels, do your watercolor painting first. Watercolor doesn't go over pastels without making a slight mess. I should also warn you that pastels will rub off — on your hands, on your clothes, on anything it touches.

Figure 4-15:

A puff of steam gets some help from pastel chalk.

Figure 4-15:

A puff of steam gets some help from pastel chalk.

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