|'As Far as the Eye Can See' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I was excited to get my recent order of goodies form Dakota. I had a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket! I selected a new Unison pastel set that I will be reviewing soon. I also ordered a pack of new pastel paper....LuxArchival sanded paper. I gave a piece a try today and so far I am quite pleased. Here are my thoughts after one painting:
I can't wait to do another painting! It handled like a dream and it is the first paper that reminded me of Wallis sanded paper. Many artists were sad when Wallis went out of production especially the white paper. White paper is so useful for wet underpainting such as watercolor. It allows the paint to appear cleaner and more vibrant than gray and even the pale yellow papers available.
Lux paper claims to accept wet underpaintings without buckling or changing the sanded surface. I was hopeful but skeptical. After a very sloppy watercolor underpainting I was pleasantly surprised to see the paper dried perfectly flat! Hurray! This is a game changer when you want to paint without using mounted paper.
I also liked the slightly aggressive grit. It grabbed the pastel and was very even yet it wasn't too rough. Again it feels much like Wallis.
I will be ordering some larger pieces of this paper and will enjoy doing a more through review soon!
Here is a link as well as information from the Dakota Art Pastels website: https://www.dakotapastels.com/products/LuxArchival