|'Poppies Make Me Smile' 8.5 x11 pastel ©Karen Margulis |
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It is called Shizen Pastel paper and it is handmade paper from India. It is 100% cotton rag made from discards from the Indian garment industry. And it is made using a pollution free process. It is acid free and is a nice weight of 200 GSM. The paper has 4 deckled edges that are just too wonderful to hide with a mat. And best of all the colors are amazing. I used a red piece for the poppy painting but I can't wait to paint on the turquoise piece. Read on for my review.
|An Idea for Framing|
|Showing off the Deckle Edge|
|A package of 25 8.5 x 11 sheets of Shizen Pastel Paper|
- FEEL: The paper is nice and soft. It took the pastel very nicely but it is better suited to softest pastels. I noticed that the harder sticks pulled up the nap of the paper. It has a nice weight and just plain feels good!
- TOOTH: The paper had a laid texture and a bumpy handmade surface. Since it is handmade the surface is highly irregular and unpredictable (a quality I love) Since it isn't a sanded paper, it won't take many layers of pastel. But I didn't mind because I didn't want to cover up the wonderful paper color.
- I love the deckle edges of this paper. I would definitely want to frame it to showcase the edges although you could certainly use a mat.
- CONCLUSION: I like the unique look and feel to this paper. I don't mind that it doesn't take many layers. It forces you to make a mark and leave it. If you like homemade surfaces and unpredictability, you'll like this paper. If you want a regular, even surface this paper will make you work a bit outside your comfort zone, but it will be well worth it!
I am going to continue to play with this paper. I will be adding some clear gesso to see if I can add some tooth. I'll report back with more details.
Check out the paper at Blicks HERE