Sally Penley - Pastel Dusting Techniques

This class is part of Legacies III.

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Pastel Dusting Technique


All Skill Levels Welcome
Design • Painting


In this 3-hour session, students will learn the pastel dusting technique for adding quick and effective color to black-and-white art or calligraphy. This magic technique, which includes using hand-cut stencils, is good for cards and bookmaking, intensifying areas of color in a painting, or it can be a standalone art masterpiece. Student will learn different ways to use this technique in their art.



  • Soft pastel sticks (NOT oil pastels or pan pastels); Sally recommends Faber Castell 24 or 48 half-sticks (S885) (S981)
  • X-acto knife (#11 blade) (S417)
  • Metal ruler and small cutting board (S270, S504)
  • Kneaded eraser (E09)
  • Cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Large paper plate or small 6-well watercolor palette (S679, S747)
  • Wet wipes
  • Any white paper, and maybe a few sheets of watercolor paper for texture (P25)
  • Dura-lar sheet, or clear transparent film (from the old overhead projector days) (P57)