Pastel Pencils on Pastelmat
Dear blogging friends,
I must apologize for my lack of blogging in the last couple of weeks. I took our youngest up to Qld to spend some quality time with Mum and all the family and to surprise one of my sisters for her 40th Birthday and then decided to take an extra week off to spend some quality time with hubby and kids who I feel I have neglected in recent months.
The one artwork I have done in the last week is the one above. I ordered some Clairefontaine Pastelmat before Christmas after having some frustrating battles with velour paper. I had read that this paper was something between velour and a sanded paper. I have to say - I am in love!!! This wonderful paper has quite a smooth texture, but accepts the pastel beautifully. The colour application is strong and vivid - there is minimal shift of colour when fixative is applied. The smoothness allows for fine detail work, and blending with fingers or tortillon is a breeze. Once the pastel has been blended into the paper, there is minimum smudging if your hand brushes over an area that has already been worked upon. This paper doesn't come cheap, especially when you add in postage, but I feel it is worth the extra expense because it is so fabulousl to work with. My only criticism is that there were some very faint lines (like ridges) running vertically down the left hand side of this sheet which are still just visible after a fairly heavy application of pastel. I'm not sure if this is a one off, or typical of all the Pastelmat sheets.
So, I will now be offering pet portraits on this paper instead of the velour, and plan to try a people portrait on it later this week and may offer these as well.
I look forward to catching up on everyone else's blogs over the coming days and a Happy New Year to all!!!!