|'Time is Golden' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis $250 paypal here|
|The painting before I changed it|
Paper....I have not come across a paper that I dislike. I have discovered through much trial and error that different papers suit different subjects and techniques. Some papers are wonderful for detail, some do great with wet underpaintings, some take many layers and some are good for quick studies. I like to keep several types of paper on hand and I make a choice depending on what I am going to paint. I also prefer to buy full sheets and cut them to size as I need to.
Even though I like most of the papers available on the market there are some I use more and there is one paper that I would choose if I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring one paper. I tend to use sanded papers most often though I do like Canson for a change of pace or when I don't want to do an underpainting. I like hard surfaces such as Pastelbord for the ease of framing and for wet underpaintings but I prefer the 'give' of paper rather that the stiffness of a board.
So what is my top personal favorite paper *******drumroll********** It would have to be Uart sanded Paper. I prefer the middle grade grits 500 and 600. It has a nice even sanded surface and comes in a manilla color which doesn't bother me. It takes many layers and it takes abuse such as layering with fixative and wet underpaintings. In fact that is why I love it. Uart paper rarely buckles or gets wavy when wet. I don't even have to drymount it. I just tape it to my board and it stays nice and flat. I can take it on plein air outings and not worry about mounting the paper (saves room)
So there is my answer to my favorite pastel paper. What is your favorite? Why do you like it?
Today's painting is another demo that I didn't finish. I wanted to give it a different mood so I changed the color palette by using fixative and different colors.