|'Feel This Moment' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Hmmmm I need it for a couple of big painting trips and this doesn't sound very hopeful! It is time to find a substitute.
I issued a challenge last month to my pastel students to come up with some substitution ideas and I came up with my own which I will share in this post.
|A plein air study on Wallis Belgian Mist purchase for $100|
However I like to use the Belgian Mist paper for a specific reason....I love it for plein air studies. I like the tone of this paper which works well for my quick landscape studies. I like the way the paper looks when it peeks through my pastel layers. It is not at all distracting so I don't have to tone the paper or do any kind of underpainting. I can just pick up my softest pastels and quickly respond to the scene in front of me. (on the other hand I don't like Belgian Mist for underpainting or toning as colors appear dull)
|My Belgian Mist substitute|
In the meantime I decided I would mix some acrylic paint to match belgian mist and use it very thinly to tone some sanded paper. Before I got around to that I happened to be in Home Depot and found a small sample jar of 'oops' paint...samples that were rejected. It was very close to the color I wanted and best of all it was only 50 cents! I toned a piece of Uart 240 grit....I found it to be the closet mach to the Wallis grittiness.
Result: It was slightly lighter when dry and also a bit warmer than the belgian mist. But I liked it. I put it to the test with a large painting 18x24 (see top) I loved it! I didn't do any kind of underpainting or block in for the painting. I just went right in with my soft pastels ( a mix of Terry Ludwig and Diane Townsend) You can see places where it peeks through and I like the effect.
I am happy with my substitute. I will keep an eye out for what happens with the Wallis paper and will give it a try when it becomes available. But in the meantime I have a workable substitute. I welcome your thoughts and your ideas for substitutes!