|'Raven Watch' 3.5x2.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I am a big fan of paper so I love to experiment with papers to see what results I can get with my pastels. Through this experimentation and play I have discovered my favorite papers but more importantly I have discovered that there is no 'bad' paper....each paper fits a certain style or technique and I choose my paper based on the technique I plan to use.
I have learned not to dislike any paper and give up on using it...but rather discover how to best use it. Maybe it works best with harder pastels, or wet under paintings. Maybe a certain paper needs very soft pastels. The fun is in the discovery.
|'Waiting' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel sold|
- If you are new to pastels or just want to branch out and try new papers I recommend ordering a Pastel Paper Sampler from Dakota Pastels. This will allow you to try many papers without investing in big sheets or pads.
- Take it a step further and cut the papers into smaller pieces. I love to cut my own 2.5 x 3.5 papers to use for Artist Trading Cards. This way I can try papers out on a small scale and see how they work with various pastels and techniques.
IMPORTANT TIP: This is from Doug Dawson....once you have found a paper that you like stick with it for awhile and don't jump around on different papers for each new painting. Give yourself the time it takes to get to know what the paper will do...become friends with it. Understand what happens with various pastels and techniques. Only when you thoroughly understand a paper should you move on and get to know another. Soon enough you will have your favorites that you can rely on!