Depending on their ingredients, not all pastels are toxic. The most
dangerous of ingredients in pastels, CADMIUM, is a known carcinogen.
For this reason, Terry Ludwig Pastels DO NOT contain cadmium.
which is used to make certain shades of blue pastels, is a heavy
metal, however the LEAST POTENT of the heavy metals. Heavy metals
tend to accumulate in human organs and cause a variety of health
issues. In order to prevent poisoning by cobalt, adhere to the following
directions for managing and avoiding dust.
health concern regarding the use of pastels is DUST. Inhaling too
much dusts causes "silicosis" which can lead to a number
of lung ailments.
learn to love dust. It comes with the territory. Additional recommendations
for managing and even preventing dust are the following:
yourself from dust by wearing disposable gloves, such as latex
medical gloves. Also, wear a dust mask, which is particularly
important for anyone with asthma or other lung ailments. Both
gloves and masks are available at your local pharmacy or drug
on an easel that is slightly beveled forward. This will allow
dust to fall directly downward.
not BLOW on pastel paintings, which is a tremendous temptation
and will send dangerous dust into the air and into your lungs.
Instead, blot at excess dust to remove.
the base or your painting, layer masking tape, sticky side up,
to catch dust as it falls downwards.
Pastels are the most permanent artists' medium, if properly created
and protected. For best longevity, do the following:
your pastels on an archival surface, which is free of acid.
your final work with a glass surface.
do I protect my pastels paintings from mildew?
For pastel paintings made with pastels that contain organic materials,
mildew and mold are a problem, particularly in humid and damp climates.
To protect your pastel paintings, be sure to use pastels that contain
a preservative or a mildicide. Ask your art supply dealer for recommendations.
Terry Ludwig Pastels contain a binder formulated with a preservative,
which provides some protection against mold and mildew.
Fixing your broken pastel sticks is easy! Follow these simple steps:
the labels and any other paper from the pastel.
the broken pieces in a small dish.
1-2 teaspoons of distilled water (use distilled water only, tap
water contains chlorine, which will bleach the pigment in the
pastel, and well water contains minerals which will also interfere
with the pigment).
the pastel and water into a thick paste.
the paste in desired shape.
the paste is too wet to form, blot it with a paper towel until
a manageable consistency is achieved.
pastel to dry 3-5 days before using.
While more difficult to make, Terry Ludwig designed square pastels
for the following reasons:
rolling: A frequent complaint of pastel artists is that their
pastels roll off of flat surfaces and break, sometimes even shatter.
Terry Ludwig Pastels stay in place!
of strokes: The square corners of a square a pastel allows you
to create fine lines, and the flat edges produce smooth, broad
of travel: Square pastels pack better into tight spaces, do not
roll inside travel cases and generally are easier to travel with.
control: Square pastels fit better in your hand and are easier
to control than round pastels.