How to Avoid Smudging, Back Pain + Cramping as a Pastel Artist

If you work on a flat desk and have trouble with smudging your artwork, have arm & hand cramps or even back and shoulder pain when drawing, this post is for you! I mainly create artworks in pastels so I can’t rest my hand on paper on top of my work as that smudges the pastel underneath. I recently discovered this hand rest equipment and it has been an absolute life saver. Achieving the same results as a Mahl stick, this device is raised a couple of inches above your artwork to make sure your hand stays away from touching / smudging what’s beneath. Keeping our naturally oily and dirty hands off artworks is really important, especially when it comes to producing the highest quality work. It comes in 3 sizes; 18in, 24in, 31in.

I would like to say that this post is not sponsored in any way, I’m simply recommending this product as it has greatly helped me and I would like to share it with others. If like me you have a tilted surface, I easily apply masking tape to the edges to hold it up and stop it from slipping. There may be a better way to do this but this is how I keep it in place and it works well for me.

I also used to get back and shoulder cramps after a long day of drawing, I’m 23 so hopefully I don’t already have a naturally bad back. However, as I rest my wrist on this device to draw or paint, it takes the strain off my back and shoulders and avoids smudging any work. This device is also now an essential studio tool to me for adding in precise detail to my works, on larger pieces especially, my hand is able to hover just over the spot that I need to get at. It’s made of very sturdy acrylic so you don’t need to worry about it bending down and touching your work or breaking, I have been using mine for about 4 months now and the quality has been really really great so far.

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