I excitedly ordered a beautiful set of Sennelier soft pastels as this is the other brand of soft pastels I had mostly played around with here and there and loved their vibrancy and softness.
However there is an adapting process like no other medium when working with encaustic and different pigments. Every medium has their preferred substrate. The ones they work best with , look best with , the substrate that allows them to show off their best attributes. Encaustic differs from a lot of mediums because it is softer. You can scrape in to it , scratch it . Once applied to the board it "becomes the surface" you are working on . You are not just working on Paper , canvas, board. You are working on wax .
A fully cured surface would be not as easily scratched by the pastels , but after adding just one layer of pigment it would need to be fused and heated ,
As I began the painting I actually liked how these pastels scratched lightly into the wax surface adding instant texture . However I didn't see the pigment fusing into the wax as well as the PanPastels and perhaps that was my biggest dilemma. To have the beautiful saturated pigments sink and disappear into the surface much more than PanPastels or oil pigment sticks do was a bit discouraging. .
This was proven to me by using the PanPastels directly after a layer of the sticks. The Pan Pastels retained much more of the color that had been laid down after fusing .
I will continue to try to find better ways to apply the Sennelier sticks to the encaustic surface in the future because they are lovely high quality pigments . Perhaps working with them on their intended surface for a while and then coming back to the encaustic surface with a different approach and ideas :).
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These are my go to colors for landscapes. I also use the "green gold" pigment stick which I could not locate on Amazon this week for some reason.
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