|'Fairyland' 9 x 12.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
One of the problems many have with Canson is they fill the tooth of the paper too quickly and colors start turning muddy. It is impossible to add fresh layers of pastel to it. Frustrating!
Here are a few things to try to help you avoid this problem:
- Try using softer pastels but be sure to apply them with a light touch. The lighter the touch the more layers possible.
- Have a plan...if you have a value and color plan it is easier to make a mark and leave it alone rather than fiddling as you try to figure out what you want. (and filling the tooth in the process)
- Try using sandpaper to roughen the paper and making it more receptive. (I don't do this but I have heard it works)
- When you do fill the tooth of the paper try my FAVORITE TIP....spray the area with a light spray of workable fixative. I use Blair Low odor workable fixative. When it dries your next pastel layers will easily go over the fixed areas without disturbing these areas. This has a great textured look. (see the photos below) Be sure you only uses a light spray. You don't need to soak the paper. You might want to cover areas you don't want spray but I kind of like the extra droplets!
|close up views of my marks and texture created by applying pastel over fixative|
I used the fixative several time in the creation of today's painting. I used it to make the suggestion of foliage in the trees. I also used it to darken the bottom of the path. I love workable fixative especially on Canson!