Working on Borden & Riley 80lb. gray pastel & charcoal paper #410 and using General's pure powdered charcoal, vine charcoal and a kneaded eraser. The powdered charcoal comes in a jar and you apply it with a brush so it feels a lot like painting. If you work on a paper that can take water then you can dip your brush in water to create washes, otherwise you can brush it around dry. A good quality charcoal paper will grab lots of the powdered charcoal and you can create dry washes, and if you use fixative in between layers you can actually build up layers similar to the way you would with watercolor washes or oil glazes. Of course just be sure that you finished using your kneaded eraser to lift any values that are too dark because once you spray with fixative it will be difficult or impossible to lift the charcoal.
Here's a nice article from Artist Daily about using charcoal and here's a link to purchase a DVD
I've not seen this DVD but I may purchase it to pick up some pointers.
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