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Choosing a paper for pastels


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My first choice for a pastel paper would have to be any decent hand-made watercolor paper

A very close second and, in some ways, also my first choice is Waterford Watercolor, Rough

After that; anything with plenty of tooth and strong enough to withstand some scraping and a lot of water and fixatives. (I tend to make a watercolor wash using pastels and a wet paint brush to create my initial background colors, layout and color scheme... after that, I always go over the top with fixatives - except in the final layer where I never use them)

Canson Me Tientes is great when I want to really force myself to go easy on the application of pastel and try to keep to a more traditional style of pastel painting with at least a bit of the original paper color showing through...



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My first choice for a pastel paper would have to be any decent hand-made watercolor paper

A very close second and, in some ways, also my first choice is Waterford Watercolor, Rough

After that; anything with plenty of tooth and strong enough to withstand some scraping and a lot of water and fixatives. (I tend to make a watercolor wash using pastels and a wet paint brush to create my initial background colors, layout and color scheme... after that, I always go over the top with fixatives - except in the final layer where I never use them)

Canson Me Tientes is great when I want to really force myself to go easy on the application of pastel and try to keep to a more traditional style of pastel painting with at least a bit of the original paper color showing through...

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