Pastel painting - a bunch of roses

Working with Schmincke’s finest extra-soft pastels leads you back to the origin of colour and is a real painting experience rather than simple drawing. Our step-by-step painting “Roses” varies several soft graduations and is an ideal working example. Enjoy!

You will need:

  • Image as a pattern, e.g. a printed photo
  • Painting ground, e.g. cardboard
  • Schmincke PRIMAcryl® finest artists´ acryliccolours Translucent violet (13330)
  • Transparent primer (50516)
  • Wide hair brush, possibly a small paint roll
  • White chalk pen, grease-free, here: Faber-CastellPitt Pastel)
  • Schmincke finest extra-soft pastels for thisexample: White 001, Permanent yellow 1 lemon002, Titanium yellow 007, Ochre light 013, Goldochre 014, Pozzuoli earth 021, Olive ochre light028, Olive ochre deep 029, Vandyke brown 036,Walnut brown 038, Permanent red 3 deep 044,Madder lake 045, Carmine red 046, Rose madder047, Leaf green 1 072, May green 077, Neutralgrey 098; all pastels preferably as pure colour (D)as well as in one white graduation (H, M or O).
  • Schmincke Pastell Fixative AEROSPRAY (50402)

Step 1

For a dark coloured ground, apply PRIMAcryl® Translucent violet with a wide hair brush. To achieve avivid surface, change the thickness of the colour layeras well as the direction of colour application severaltimes. Let the colour dry.

Step 2

To make the ground suitable for pastel painting, applya layer of the Schmincke Transparent primer (50516). Use a wide brush or a smaller paint roll. Let theprimer dry.

Step 3

Use the photo as a pattern and make an outline sketch of the roses with the white chalk pen.

Step 4

Now the pastel work starts. Paint the shapes of the flowers with the lighter rose colours. For a delicate background blur the pastel application slightly with your finger.

Step 5

Now the flowers will be painted with more intense rose and red shades as well as with the lightest colours and white. Thus, you create shadow and light areas. Flower bottoms and enclosed petals will be pointed out using yellow and ochre colours.

Step 6

For the background, you can use the colours green, Vandyke brown as well as neutral grey in different graduations. Stalks and deep shadows will be accentuated even more.

Step 7

Finally use the white pastel stick to underline some last lights.

Important: Pastel paintings always remain sensitive. Therefore, they should only be treated with a special fixative after finishing work. We recommend for example Schmincke Pastel Fixative AEROSPRAY (50402) or Pastel Fixative (50068). Spray from left to right and top to bottom from ca. 30 cm. Make the change in spray direction away from the picture. The intensity of colour might slightly be increased.