The Hahnemühle mould-made Ingres papers, named after the famous French painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) are ideal for pencil, crayon, pastel, red ochre and watercolours. 9 different colours: white, ivory, antique, butter, yellow, grey-green, rose, light grey, grey.
Pastel painting is the most original of all painting techniques with its brilliant colours. It combines the immediacy of a drawing with the brilliant effects of painting. The dry pigment is usually applied with the fingertips to the working surface without any particular preparation and then blended. Pastel painting is ideal for depicting many motifs whether landscapes, portraits or nudes.
Pastels consist of medium fine, almost pure pigment and contain very small quantities of binder. There are many different softness grades for pastel sticks. The harder qualities are more suitable for sketches or drawings. Softer pastel sticks are more suitable for pastel painting. To remove paint use a malleable eraser or a soft cloth. To protect the drawing there are numerous fixatives available but their use is somewhat controversial as they alter the colours.
The pastel technique can be used to apply very soft, delicate colour as well as bold colour strokes. A combination of bold strokes with well-designed shadows gives a more vivid picture. Very attractive effects can be achieved using textured paper. The toothiness of the paper creates weaker and stronger “islands” of colour that enhance the depth and intensity of the painting.