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Introduction to Pastel Materials and Techniques with Ellen Eagle

Introduction to Pastel Materials and Techniques
Learn the Basics of Pastel! Ellen Eagle will introduce you to the tools and materials for pastel painting

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  • Lesson Details
Ellen Eagle
Drawing, Painting
43m 27s

Have you ever wanted to learn how to master the beautiful medium of pastels but you weren’t sure where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve been working with pastels but would to get guidance from a master of the medium? After many requests world-leader in pastel painting Ellen Eagle has graciously offered to give us all an introduction to pastel materials and techniques. If you don’t know, Ellen wrote the book on pastels: literally! She also shows her pastel paintings in some of the world’s top art galleries. In this video lesson world-renowned pastel painter Ellen Eagle gives us a fun and comprehensive introduction to the pastel medium. Ellen gives you a thorough tour of the necessary materials including pastel types and brand pros and cons. Ellen also teaches you about the best techniques for pastel application gives crucial warnings to save new artists from ruining their hard work. After watching this video lesson you’ll be ready to get started experimenting with this wonderful but tricky medium, and have fun doing it!


  • Sennelier Soft Pastels
  • Schminke Extra Soft Pastels
  • Rembrandt Soft Pastels
  • Henri Roché Soft Pastels
  • Ampersand Museum Series Pastel Board
  • Crescent Cold Press Illustration Board No. 300 or 310 (for Homemade Boards)
  • Single Edges Razor Blades
  • Prismacolor NuPastel Color Sticks
  • Cretacolor Carre Pastels
  • Jack Richeson Semi-Hard Square Pastels
  • PanPastels
  • PanPastel Soft Tools, Knives and Covers
  • Chamois
  • Fabriano Tiziano Paper
  • Canson Mi-Tientes Paper
  • Canson Mi-Tientes Touch
  • Sennelier La Carte Paper
  • UArt Paper
  • Wallis Sanded Pastel Paper
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