|'Autumn Glow' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I had never heard of these panels until recently. I had a chance to try a few and I enjoyed them thoroughly! It was a wonderful luxury for me to use these panels. There is no worry about paper buckling when using wet media and of course the ease of framing the panels is a wonderful benefit. In the end the cost involved is worth it! Here is a closer look at the True Grit panels:
The paper used is Uart and it comes mounted on a very lightweight gatorfoam board . I tried the 400 grit but they have four grits available. The paper performed just as unmounted Uart paper does. I was surprised at how light the board was yet it was very sturdy. Here is information from the French Canvas website:
Top quality gritted paper (available in four different grits) adhered to a gatorboard panel. True Grit Pastel Panels are available in four grits: 280, 320, 400, and 500 with 280 having the most grit and 500 having the least. Panels are adhered to gatorboard with a ph neutral adhesive. Unlike foamcore, gatorboard will not warp or lose its form. Although it is extremely dense, it is very lightweight and can be cut with an exacto knife. Our panels have a total depth of about 7/16”. And remember, we will custom cut a special size to order at your request.
Sold by the unit, not in packs.
We currently offer five different grades of paper for pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, and watercolor artists.
I enjoyed using these panels. It would be a timesaver for anyone like me who doesn't like the time and expense involved with mounting paper. I love that the panels come in large sizes. I will definitely give them a try for my next big pastel painting!
|Before doing an alcohol wash. The results were great! No buckling!|