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The Art of Chalk by Tracy Lee Stum

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MAKING YOUR OWN PASTELS

Making your own pastels can be a rewarding and gratifying activity, which can save money in the long run. While the process may seem a bit involved, the benefits are surely worth the effort. You’ll have highly pigmented pastels with minimal binder and a customized color palette suited to your particular working needs.

Good-quality dry pigments and binding solutions are central to making good-quality homemade pastels. A proper binding solution takes some time to achieve but will yield good results later on, so plan to pay close attention to your process. Gum tragacanth is a binding agent that is activated when mixed with water. Methylcellulose, which is suitable in cold water mixtures, has also been used as a substitute ...

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