I've always been afraid of pastels and suppose it's because I never received a formal introduction. They remain a mystery to me. Bought a book years ago - still afraid. Picked up a set of pencils. Afraid.
Have you been challenged by a technique? Feel comfort with the knowledge that I probably have you beaten as it only took around 20 years to put pencil to paper.
Now, I know that I'm not using official pastel paper but having laid down a layer of matte acrylic paint, I figured it had enough tooth. With my unschooled eye, I think the tooth was sufficient.
I'm not quite getting the process of layering. Do you go dark to light or light to dark? I opted to go with the former and had an issue getting a lighter layer on top. (missing fixative will do that) Hence, the white gel pen. Hey. It's my journal and if I want to break a rule or two, I will.
A question to you pastelers (pastelists?) out there. Dark to light or light to dark?
I used a regular mechanical pencil for sketching and generic acrylic craft paint as well.