Tips about Charcoal:


  • There are three main kinds of charcoal: Powdered, Compressed and Willow or Vine

  • Dark grey residue consisting of carbon and any remaining ash

  • Its made by heating wood with the absence of oxygen

  • Its important to preserve your work with some kind of fixative

  • No amount of fixative will ever make a charcoal smudge proof

  • You can protect your work with glassine sheets or frame under glass

  • Matte fixatives ( workable ) can be erased

  • Do not blend charcoal with your bare fingers, the oils on your fingers will yellow the surface, darken your charcoal and create less even blotchy ground

  • Use blending stumps and tortillions ( drawing tools made of tightly wrapped paper) available just next to the charcoal in our store.