Over the past few days I have discussed the various papers that I have worked on over the past 20 – odd years using coloured pencils. I haven’t tried them all. There are many more examples on the market to choose from. Living in Tasmania means I am isolated from the broader art material market. I read about all the lovely papers and boards available in England and the USA and would love to try some that are new to me.
Not to worry! I have a reasonably good choice here in Tasmania and my favourite is still Canson Pastel Board, colour 502, Havane Clair (pictured). I don’t mind the darker grey either. The reasons I use board is that it doesn’t tear or buckle (I tend to be a little aggressive at times with my shading), I do not have to tape it down to a drawing board, it accepts all the colours I use and it’s easy to transport. The board is not too difficult to cut either. The surface has a slight “tooth” which is excellent for the buttery Prismacolrs and some of the (not all) Polychromos coloured pencils.
So there you have it! What’s your favourite Cp paper?
I have also used mountboard, but found it reduced the intensity of my pencils. I am though, hoping to get some samples from England to try.
Tommorrow I will begin a series on teaching Art.