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Question asked 2016-11-21 13:34:07 ...
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20 year old pastel sticks Question: I have a fantastic collection of fine pastel sticks. From Schminke to Rembrant, to Windsor Newton, etc. Perhaps 1000. I had to stop using pastel due to living in very hot climates year round and limited interior work space/health. I am now ready to take pastel painting up again, and find that many sticks are pretty chalky and or dry. Is there any safe way to revive them? Thank you very much.
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EditDeleteModerator AnswerInteresting....in our experience pastels do not change much at all over the years. In fact many high quality pastels are dried in ovens during the preparation process. Is it possible that certain colors have been "chalky and/or dry" since the start? We are not aware of any way to "revive" pastels but we will ask some pastel experts on our forum to weigh in on this subject.
EditDeleteModerator AnswerAh ok....sounds as if you have gotten some good mileage out of them then...I agree with Sarah that you might consider trying to store them in something akin to a humidor of sorts. If they are kept in a well sealed container/storage unit already try placing a small shallow dish of water inside and leave it for a while (do not place the water in direct contact with the pastels). This may or may not help....unfortunately you might have to look into purchasing a couple new colors here and there if they prove to friable to work with.
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