|pastel pieces and dust crushed|
Researching various approaches, from very complex to rather simple, I take the leap and try one of the simplest methods possible. Keeping in mind that: "A pastel stick consists of pure powdered pigment and an inert binder, such as gum arabic, gum tragacanth, or methyl cellulose. Pastels have a higher pigment concentration than any other artist medium (hence the rich, luminous colors that pastels can achieve)." [quote from WebExhibits.org].
|water & isopropyl alcohol added|
Use gloves, a hard surface (preferably glass), crushing tools and blending spatulas (like spackling spatulas from the hardware store). Use a face mask to protect from pastel dust. Clean up is a bit of soap and water.
|cross-cutting & blending|
Take the pieces (it's surprising how they all come to seem the same color on the outside as they hang out in that jar together), crush them (even without fancy tools one can just use the hard, softly curved cover of a jar - and - surprise! what colors are there), slowly add the bit of water/alcohol until the particles adhere. Continue to blend them until smooth .. it's rather like cutting and kneading bread dough. Then roll and shape. Set aside to dry.
New varieties of grays and unique colors are created. Tiny bits of pastels within can add excitement when applying to the painting.
|new pastel sticks drying|
It's easier than I imagined! Try it!