After the first layer of pastel is applied, I like to make sure that the pigment is stained into the paper. To do that, I use an old watercolor brush with everyday rubbing alcohol to dissolve the pigment. It is important to paint each area separately, other wise the colors can run together and I would have a muddy mess on my hands.
After the alcohol dries, which does not take long, I am ready to apply my many layers of pastel.
This pet portrait of Skjonn does look a little like a puzzle, no?
…to be continued.