Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Another Pastel Blender
A while ago I touted the virtues of the Loew-Cornell Style Styx and I still like them a lot. But I recently read on Wet Canvas's Pastel Forum about using foam pipe insulation as a blending tool. I didn't have any on hand and didn't want to drive 30 miles to a home improvement store so I looked around at what I did have on hand.
I found some dense foam lengths that are actually used in swimming pools as floats or kid's toys and decided to try a section to see how it worked. It's amazing how well they do work! You can cut the foam into any shape but I found the wedge shape works the best.
The foam sections that I had were purchased from a local Dollar store for a dollar or less each and one length is more than enough from which to cut dozens of the little blenders. These wedges hold up well and while, like the Style Styx, they may stain, they can be wiped off and used repeatedly. Or, they're cheap enough to have one for every color in your pastel collection!
Happy, happy painting!