Is there a way to do soft pastel on canvas?
It all depends on the type of canvas, the type of pastel drawing, etc. There is a type of canvas with a fuzzy flocked surface made for pastels. Primed canvas would not be advisable since the dust would not adhere to the surface. Pastel drawings with the use of mineral spirits on a fine grain unprimed canvas may work. It would be best to do test before trying this effect.
Thank you for responding to my question! I was looking around online and someone else suggested priming the canvas with COLOURFIX PRIMER.
Do you know anything about it?
I'm not sure, but maybe stretching something like Wallis paper over a canvas frame might be an option. It would have to be a higher quality paper that can get wet, then stretch over a canvas frame. I have never tried this but who knows. Also, I have made surfaces for pastel work by mixing pumice/ acrylic gel and applying it to gatorfoam. It might work on a canvas. Laura
Thank you so much for your help!
Hi! Yes, there is a wonderful pastel canvas I've been using for my soft pastels for over 10 years. Here is a direct link to the product I use. Product number 118 Pastel Velvet by Fredrix. http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/canvas-and-boards/canvas-rolls/fredrix-roll-canvas/fredrix-acrylic-primed-cotton.htm
Here is a portrait I've completed on the pastel canvas which also has an acrylic wash in the background.
Hope this helps,
Yes this does help, and your portrait is beautiful, a great inspiration!
I checked Colourfix primer online and it sounds interesting. Supposedly it allows you to work on any surface. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer by email. I was wondering why you seem so set on using canvas? Do you already own lots of canvas??
A friend of a friend gave me a lot of art supply's that belonged to her father and several canvas. I like to work big and most of the canvas are big. I am just learning color and am not comfortable painting yet. But pastels seem fun and I really want to do a big group portrait of the kids (7 of them) when they were here at Christmas. I have a board canvas that is 24x36 and would be easy to put under glass (I am very optimistic!). I went ahead and ordered the Colourfix yesterday. I will let you know how it works out.
Thanks for the link,
My brother found it quite useful :)
There is always way to do it and perhaps you can preserve it with a varnish.
caricatures from photo