These new pastel products represent a direction I am taking in the making of my pastels. My concept is to create a pastel with less dust or no dust at all, as is with figment if used on lightly misted or sprayed paper.
All of our pastels are being made with a binder that results in less dust.
The dry ground is a pumice based chunk of material made to be applied to paper and rubbed in with your hand. They are available in Black and white, Sepia and Buff, Umber and Grey at Rochester Art Supply, Rochester Art Supply
www.FineArtStore.com go to pastel grounds. You may tint the white or black DG with any pastel color and disperse it on the surface by just working it into the ground.
I suggest wearing a glove, otherwise you will have no hand left after doing this repeatedly! Once the surface is prepared just draw into it with any pastel. The dry ground helps figment, or any pastel to disperse and move. The binder in figment sticks to the surface well too.
Figment is slightly greasy and adheres well to the page. It is more permanent in that it can not be removed by rubbing. If you use figment over dry ground the flow of the pastel is fantastic and you can build up many layers of color. But if you like pastels that emphasize line, figment is great. If you like to watercolor into figment it is utterly fantastic!