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Postby Harmonygirl » Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:10 pm

Painting surfaces.... I have been using drawing paper suitable for pencil, charcoal and pastel. I would like to layer colour (use fixatif) but I am afraid of drowning the paper. Is there a way to do this? The second question is, I have canvas board - is this a suitable product for pastels or just a waste of pastels. I used it once and it was really messy because of the tooth. Maybe a silly question but when you are on a budget, i don't want to waste supplies.... what is the best paper for pastels
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Postby weirdpuckett » Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:26 am

try strathmore
istol board the "smooth" not "vellum"..you can use pastels and watery colors both on them...
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Postby BYart » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:07 am

Hi,
I've been working in soft Pastels and recently watercolor. In my pastel papers, I prefer a heavy paper 140# or so and actually I like a bit of tooth. Even watercolor papers work well. If you can, get some pastel boards. They are reasonably priced and I think you will see better results in layering and blending colors. At least that was my experience with them. They have a tooth much like a sandpaper feel and really grab and hold onto the pastel pigment, and the best thing is this creates alot less mess while working!
Best of luck!
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Postby Harmonygirl » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:22 am

Thanks so much. I did use some water colour paper that I had a home. I was amazed how much more the colour stuck. I was a little frustrated in the beginning when I was trying to move around the colour, it wouldn't really move... arghhhh. but once I got used to it... it was better. phew...
thanks for the help. I will look into it when I get some funds.
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