|'Autumn Dreams' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
New students will tend to try a variety of papers and every so often I will hear the 'hate' word when it comes to a paper they've tried. I like to pass on some advice to them...
It isn't the paper you hate....you just haven't found the right combination of pastels and technique for the paper.
|Pad of Pastelmat paper|
I haven't used it for awhile but when a student came to class this week and shared a bad experience with the paper I decided I needed to revisit it. I painted the two marsh studies in this post on yellow Pastelmat. The top painting was done with Terry Ludwig pastels and the bottom painting was done with Diane Townsend soft form pastels.
|'Greening of the Marsh' 6x6 pastel|
Conclusion: I loved how the slightly gritty DT pastels worked on the pastelmat. It grabbed the pastel so well that I didn't feel the need to add layer upon layer although past tests have shown just how many layers the paper will hold. The TL pastels worked well also but I did feel the need to layer more....and as I added layers the pastel started to blend themselves. I think I will enjoy this paper using the DT pastels. For me it was the preferred combination. Read my previous review of Pastelmat here
My student found it difficult to blend on the Pastelmat. We have been working on a block in technique where we blend in the first layer. It's hard to push pastel around on this paper unless you have built up a few layers. So it isn't really the paper...it is finding the right pastels and technique for the paper!
SO....Never say never....or never decide you hate a material. If you avoid it you may never discover the ideal combination that will make you really enjoy it! Here is a challenge for you this weekend.... Take out a piece of paper that you have disliked in the past and try it again. Try something different...another brand of pastel or another technique. See what happens and have fun with it!