|'Feel This Moment' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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|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.
UPDATE: Since I originally wrote this post I have discovered another good paint for toning paper. It is Atelier Interactive acrylic paint in Toning Grey Yellow. Be sure you thin any acrylic paint so that it doesn't fill the tooth of the paper.