|'Summer days in Provence' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I actually love to paint on Canson Mi-Teintes paper and I have blogged a lot about it. On my Patreon page we are exploring pastel supplies this month and Canson MT is the paper of the week. I decided to do a step by step demo of this painting for Patreon. You can see the entire demo there www.patreon.com/karenmargulis Here is a sneak peek song with some Canson tips:
|The pastels I used for the demo|
|Here is the start of the painting on Canson Mi-Teintes moonstone|
TIPS FOR WORKING ON CANSON MI-TEINTES PAPER
- Try the smooth side. The correct side is the bumpy side but if you don't like the regular text turn the paper over and work on the smooth side. I always work on the smooth side.
- Use a light touch. Be sure you can still see the paper or the previous layer. This way you know you have a light enough touch.
- Start with harder pastels so you don't fill the tooth of the paper too quickly but do use some softer pastels on the final layers.
- Consider using workable fixative during the painting process to build more layers.
- Some artists like to use sand paper to lightly rough up the paper before painting.
- Make use of the colored papers by choosing a color that you can allow to show through. This way you can plan on using less pastel layers in your painting. ( I love how Moonstone unifies a painting. I don't have to cover it all up!)
- Canson also comes in a mounted board. This board only allows you to use the bumpy textured side.
- Canson Mi-Teintes doesn't do well with wet underpinnings. Some artists have success with light alcohol. I don't use it for wet underpaintings. You can get Canson Touch which is a sanded version of the paper.