|'Gently Through the Meadow' 8x10 pastel over watercolor ©Karen Margulis|
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|watercolor underpainting for above painting|
- First and foremost it has to be a paper or surface that can get wet.
- Most sanded pastels papers except Sennelier LaCarte can take a wet wash. Some do better for me such as Uart which tends to stay flay even when wet.
- Boards such as Ampersand Pastelbord are an excellent choice.
- You can even use watercolor paper or mat board. Here is a little trick to give these more tooth...brush on a coat of clear gesso. (more on this later)
But paper type is only one thing to think about. You also want to consider the color of the paper. It does have an impact on the results of the watercolor. Have a look at the samples below. You can click on it to enlarge.
|sample WU done on various color papers|
The second sample was done on a manilla color sanded paper. It was fairly light so the results are not too bad. This would be my second choice.
Now have a look at the third sample done on Wallis Belgian Mist paper which is a medium gray. Look how dark and dull the color looks compared to the white sample. I used the exact same colors and painted them at the same time.
To sum it all up.....have fun experimenting with papers to see your results but consider the ability of the surface to get wet and don't overlook the importance of paper color. Now go have some fun!
Today's painting was the demo I did for my Tuesday class. My goal was to leave much of the underpainting showing.