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The worker will require an outfit of Pastinello, supplied cither in a large or small size, but each containing the same number of colour pastes, or one can buy the colours, brushes, and powder separately.
For a beginner it is best to buy what is known as "The Student's Outfit," costing 5s., and consisting of eight small tubes of paste, assorted tints, one small sample paper bag, and twenty-five papers for making the same. These bags are like those used by confectioners for icing cakes, and are used for squeezing the coloured pastes through. A small box of the powder and three brushes (one small, flat hog's-hair brush, one small sable brush, and one large, flat camel's-hair brush) are also included.
The coloured paste can be used alone, or it may be tinted and shaded as an ordinary painting with artists' oil colours, the latter process giving the best effect. It can be applied to all kinds of materials, linen, silk, Watered silk, satin, muslin, etc., also to cardboard, wood, glass, leather, etc. For the actual process, having decided what material to use, proceed as follows: If a textile, fix it down to a drawing-board with small drawing-pins in order to keep it quite flat while working. Draw out the design chosen, or if unable to draw use a transfer design, only remember to choose one outlined in yellow, as this will not show through the finished work. Iron the design off lightly on to the material with a warm iron, then take one of the paper bags and half fill it with the colour selected, closing the upper end securely by folding it over several times. Take the bag between thumb and first finger of right hand and gently squeeze the paste out at the point, following the outline of the fewer, or leaf, or whatever the design may be. Then make similar lines across the surface of the flower or leaf. Next take the stiff, flat hog's-hair brush, and draw the paste evenly all over the flower or leaf, the object being to get a thin, but not too thin, layer of paste over the surface being worked.
The next stage is the shading with ordinary oil paints, these being used in the usual method for such painting, but this shading must be carried out before the paste dries. While still wet, shake some of the powder over it, then take the flat camel's-hair brush and brush off all superfluous powder, sufficient remaining to give the painting a frosted appearance. Leave it for twenty-four hours to dry, when it will be ready for use.
If painting on any thin materials, such as muslin, chiffon, etc., use a gelatine spray before putting on the paste, otherwise the oil colours are apt to run. The spray diffuser can be bought at any artists' shop, and the solution used is made by dissolving five leaves of gelatine in a pint of warm water. When cold it forms a jelly, but is easily re-liquefied by warming.
When painting on velvet, it is best not to use brushes, but to mix any of the tinted pastes with oil-colour to any desired shade, on a palette, before filling the little paper bag. Then apply the powder as usual.