|'River of Peace' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I happen to love Canson Mi-Teintes paper. It wasn't always the case. I struggled with it. It seemed as though my colors weren't as fresh. I filled the tooth too quickly and my paintings quickly turned muddy and dull. I stopped using it and turned to sanded papers.
Curiosity and seeing other wonderful work done on Canson encouraged me to give it another try. This time I was ready for it. I had learned more about pastels and refined my touch. That was the key! Now I understood how to get the effects I wanted. I loved the soft feel to the paper. It is now one of my favorite papers.
Give it another try! Here are 3 tips to get you started:
2. Work with a LIGHT TOUCH. Canson paper does not have much tooth or grabbing power. It is easy to get too much pastel on the paper. When that happens you are finished! The more you try to add the muddier the painting will be. If you start the painting with a very light touch and whisper your pastel strokes you will be able to build more layers. Let the tone of the paper show through. If you can't see the paper in your beginning layers your touch is heavy. For more layering... whisper don't shout.
|The heavily applied pastel looks thick and muddy. The lightly applied pastel looks light and airy.|
A light touch with softer pastels on the smooth side of the paper is my recipe for success.
Bonus tip: Try lightly sanding the surface of the paper to rough it up some and provide more tooth.
Here is some information about Canson Mi-Teintes from the Canson website: