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3 1/2" x 5 1/2" in Holbein oil pastels on gray Canson mi-Tientes pastel paper. I need to mat and frame this one, it came out great. I love how these Holbeins handle, they are so opaque and smooth. My only problem is that they're messy because without wrappers, I get them all over my hands and get the sides of the sticks dirty too easily.

Maybe I'll tape masking tape around them to give me something to hold them by.

Anyway, I took six earlier progress scans on this and will write it up as a demo on www.explore-oil-pastels-with-robert-sloan.com as well as adding it to my Holbein review. I have the review written, just didn't have a good artwork done with them on that page yet. Now I will. :)
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galialuna
Jan. 12th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I know it's beneficial to use paper with the kind of porosity Canson papers have, to draw with pastels. Like for layering colors and things it's ideal. Still, I can't stand to draw on something with so much texture. It doesn't matter what I draw with. Conté, oil pastels, art sticks, pencils or anything. I just physically feel the texture of the paper interfering with my strokes. Is that psycho? lol
robertsloan2
Jan. 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
No, it's not psycho at all. It's your hand and your style acting on the paper. You might do better getting Stonehenge, it's smoother and softer than the smooth side of Canson mi-Tientes.

If you have only used pads of Canson mi-Tientes, they put them together with the ugly basketweave texture on the up side. I hate that so I always pull out the sheet and turn it over in order to work on it. Mi-Tientes has a texture side and a smooth side.

Nearly all the oil pastels artists I know use the smooth side and think that has more than enough tooth. That basketweave is useless unless you're doing a giant sketch and want all your loose broken lines to have a vertical criss-cross in the breaks.

If the smooth side bugs you that much too, then it's personal and you might try Ingres, Fabriano Tiziano, Strathmore Artagain, Stonehenge and the many other good tinted art papers out there. If it's the basketweave, your feelings are shared by nearly everyone who uses it! The wrong side is definitely the right side when I'm using it.
galialuna
Jan. 14th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Yes, even the "wrong" side is annoying to me. lol
robertsloan2
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Stonehenge would probably be better then, or good mat board -- if you can find one with a texture you like. Some of them have the woven texture like Canson. There are plenty of tinted art papers out there besides Canson. Also, it might be worth trying at least a small piece of Colourfix since that comes in 20 luscious colors and they have 9 x 12" pieces for only about $2.50 -- enough to test a color you like and find out if you like the surface, then get a pot of the primer that color.

I use Clear most of all but am thinking of getting pints of all the colors gradually. I love a black surface and already have the white and the black. The white can be mixed with any tube or bottle acrylic to tint it any color you want and then I put it on rag mat or watercolor paper. Or even sketchbook pages or Canson Mi-Tientes, I have a piece of that prepared.
robertsloan2
Jan. 12th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
Also the sanded papers are much, much better for pastels. Art Spectrum Colourfix is my current favorite, it comes in the most colors and is sanded but just gentle enough that I can still finger-smudge either soft pastels or oil pastels. Wallis has more tooth but Wallis will take your fingerprints off if you finger-blend on it and may with too much blending leave you painting in blood like a dedicated Goth creep.

I haven't tried Uart, but it comes in four different grades. 800 is the finest and that might be really nice for getting good detail but still having sandiness to hold the color. I haven't tried Sennelier La Carte yet though I got a small sample and might do an ACEO on it. La Carte is watersoluble and gets bald spots if you sneeze, that's why I'm not in a hurry to get the pad and play with it yet. I will eventually.

There are others, lots of good pastel surfaces out there. Ampersand Pastelbord has a very nice surface, fine but gritty like it's emory cloth, easily finger smeared but very sturdy on gessoed Masonite.

It weighs a lot though and it's thick, so I prefer the Colourfix best.
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