|'Summer Gold' 5 x 9.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available on Etsy $75
I examined the new piece of paper with excitement. Too bad it was only a small piece. There were so many things I wanted to try. That would have to wait until more paper was available. This little piece was just a tease! So I decided to cut the piece in half so that I could at least try two techniques.
In yesterday's blog post I shared my first painting done on the new Uart black paper. I was asked to test the paper to see how it handled. One of the requests was to try a wet underpainting.
|my samples of black Uart paper|
A wet underpainting on black paper? I scratched my head. I normally wouldn't do a wet underpainting on black paper. I never thought it was necessary. I always thought I wanted the black tone of the paper to be visible and to allow my colors to pop against the contrast.
But then again, why not do a wet underpainting? What might happen? I might even like it!
|The block in with hard pastels|
I used rubbing alcohol and a brush to wash in the pastel. I used the alcohol quite freely. My goal was to see how much abuse the paper could take. It took everything I gave it! I had only taped the four corners to my board and yet the paper didn't buckle or wave. It stayed flat and dried flat. I was pleased!
|The alcohol wash underpainting|
|my mini 2.5 x 3.5 pastel|