My instructor has recommended preparing a sanded surface myself when I complained of the difficulty of finding sanded pastel papers, but he is primarily an oil painter, and offered no instructions. What paper/board, what substance should I use to get the sanded texture?
Sorry, no one has been forthcoming to help you with your question.
I used to paint with the sandies but I've switched to the oil pastels..... Dust you know!!
I have and still paint on watercolor paper, masonite (hard board), and canvas panels and birch plywood panels.
All of these surfaces, I first cover with a couple of layers of gesso. The final layes of gesso I would mix in volcanic pumice (fine grade) or marble dust (and even finer grade). I often tone the surface I intend to paint on with a colored acrylic mixed with marble dust or when using oil pastels I will paint on a layer of clear gesso which naturally has a lot of tooth.
I also will paint an abstract background and cover that with clear gesso and proceed with my painting. Image below is an oil pastel using this technique
Hal : The Sunset Beckons:
Hi Margaret, Wallis papers have the most wonderful surface. I use them for oil pastels and love them.
Comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.
So if you are using soft pastels ,not oil. You can make your own sanded paper . Use clear gesso (Liquitex ) several smoth coats with brush or sponge brush over watercolor,mat board or canvas paper. Once dry you will have a great sanded finish to work on for pennies !
I like Colourfix by Art Spectrum, in Clear and White : http://www.dakotapastels.com/pages/pastelaccessories-primersgrounds.aspx
Here is an older thread entitled "Pastel Papers - How do you make your own?" that may help : http://www.artistdaily.com/forums/t/12045.aspx