Hi I sometimes build my own substrate but often use Wallis sanded paper. I am getting a bit frustrated by the availability of Wallis paper. It is often out of stock everywhere. I have only used a few other papers and was wondering if anyone out there has discovered another paper that comes close in grit, texture, etc... Thanks Madeleine
Hi Madeleine, I'm also frustrated trying to find Wallis Paper. Although I have not tried the pastel card, it looks and feels really good. I've gotten a couple of samples in Sennelier pastel boxes. UArt makes paper that I have tried, not a fan. Although the website reports new grits. Maybe worth trying again. I am a fan of Pastelbord. Good luck in your search, and let the rest of us know. Laura
Thanks Laura. I know so many who like Pastelboard but some how it just feels like vinyl. I don't achieve the textures I do with wallis and making my own surface.
HI, I was told at the end of the past year that Wallis' sanded paper quality has diminished. I had first hand experience when I purchased a couple of sheets through Jerry's artarama for a workshop in Nov. and the pastel was not gripping the surface as I was accostomed to. Another person in the class had the same unsuccessful experience. I am switching to pastel board or preparing my own surface. I usually do pastels in the warmer months though when I can work outside because I am concerned about the dust since I do not have an air filter system. Hopefully, Wallis is revamping it's product to make a come back that it will be proud of. ( : Diane
Yes, in the past I have had some inferior quality Wallis paper. I have heard that they often have a problem in the manufacturing process which is why it is hard to get. My recent order however, was all good quality and most distributors like Dakota will offer to take it back if you are dissatisifed.
I sometimes use masks to paint with pastels. Best to do it with an open window, fan circulating out of the window, with liquid or latex gloves and with a wet paper towel on the ledge below your work. - Madeleine
I was told that too about the Wallis paper being discontinued from Dick Blick. I really liked the surface of Wallis paper and I am disappointed about it. I guess I will have to go back to Colourfix pastel paper however I am starting to use pastel board which I do like. Unless anyone knows of other papers they really like to use?
Hi, I also use Wallis. There is also a paper from England called Fisher 400 that you may want to try. There is a website that mounts these papers on conservation board, acid free foam core and/or sells sheets. They always seem to have a pretty good supply of Wallis and the other papers. The prices are good as well. They were in the latest editon of Pastel Journal and Artists Magazine. They have a nice write up on Fisher 400 paper. Hope this helps.
Try Paselbord, made by Ampersand. It is very good, as a nice sand surface. The do not sell direct to the artist, but their wed site is ampersand art.com. They made al kind of art boards. Yes, it is spelled Paselbord. also there is there is a paper made by Canson called MI-TEINTES TOUCH. Try that also.
Do your own surface is the best.
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I just tried my first ampersand pasleboard today and was wondering if I need to seal with fixative as with paper?
I think you do need to seal it.
I never seal it. I use this surface all the time. It's ready to go. I do not use fixative either. It will darken your pastel.
Laura, good to know. Thank you.
I purchased a full sheet of processed masonite and had it cut into 40 9x12 pieces... I am in the process of gessoing all of the pieces when that is dry I will put on my gesso with pumice or marble dust on some of the pieces, on the others I will mount Canson Tia mientes paper to some of the pieces,,, a few of my favorite colors... This way when I finish a piece It will be ready to set into a frame....
I have problems with trying to mount a pastel piece ,when its finished, onto something so I can frame it.
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