|'Tangled' 12x9 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have a basket of unused art supplies. These are things I picked up here and there with the intent to experiment with them. I have paper, paints, sketchbooks and more. I never seem to have time to just play with these items. Today I took out a pad of paper that I got at the IAPS convention in 2017! I had never tried this paper but it looked interesting. It felt unusual....almost rubbery to the touch . But I liked how it grabbed the pastel. I am glad I had a pad of this paper so I could get to know it better.
A few Tips for Getting to Know a New Paper
- When trying any new paper or surface it is common to have a learning curve. Not all papers accept pastel in the same way.
- Don't give up on a paper after only a few tries. It takes time to get to know it. Make a commitment to paint on the new paper exclusively for a series of paintings.
- Paint something you know very well. When you are getting familiar with a new surface the last thing you want to do is have to think about new compositions, color schemes, values etc. Choose a subject you are very familiar with, one that you have painted successfully. I chose daisies. Not only was it easy to paint something I have painted many times.....it allowed me to compare the results on the new surface to my experience on other surfaces.....it was my control painitng.
I could only find Patellfix paper at Fineartstore online here in the US. Here is some more information:
170 gsm, cotton rag content
|I chose an orange toned piece of paper form the pad|
|The first layers|