Best Paper to use with Soft Pastels?

We are often asked what’s the best paper to use with soft pastels, so we asked 3 of our Associate Artists for their opinion.

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Denise Findlay – Portrait Artist

My preference is watercolour paper ‘not’ pressed. I like the tooth as its not too rough. I’m not a fan of pastels papers on the market as they don’t seem to hold enough pigment.

Denise Findlay
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Fiona Carvell – Landscape/Still life Artist

Different surfaces give different results. Canson Mi-Tientes are good for beginners due to the different textures on each side which is great for experimenting. Softer colour & easier blending with fingers on this paper.

Pastelmat is more expensive but has a stronger colour hold, very different texture. Blending techniques are different with this (you will get sore fingers if you blend with too little pastel on this surface).

I also use Canson Mi-Tientes Touch, which is good for wet pastel techniques. I’m always trying out new surfaces as there are lots to choose from.

Fiona Carvell
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Michelle Lucking – Seascape Artist

UART 400, Claire Fontaine Pastel Mat, Canson Mi Tientes Touch and the standard.

Michelle Lucking

We hope these tips help you when you are deciding on which paper to use. However, if there is any paper that you can recommend to us, we will gladly add it to the list!

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Artistic Talent – Nurture vs Nature?

Whether we are born with an innate artistic talent, or, whether it is learned, is an age-old multifaceted debate that is fascinating, complex and compelling. I am sure most artists have considered it at some point or have an opinion on this theory.

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Over the years, I have learned that there are infinite ways in which pastels can be manipulated as a drawing and painting medium.  Examples range

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