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07-06-2000, 01:29 AM
A friend painted with her pastels last weekend while I used my acrylics. I noticed she had her paper thumb tacked to a cork type board. She told me it was just one of those bulletin boards that you buy and attach to the wall...but she uses it to attach her pastel papers or watercolor papers when working. Neat idea for a surface to work on.

08-24-2000, 08:26 PM
Oh, now I get it! I kept thinking: What's a paper thumb? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

08-25-2000, 04:29 AM
I use masking tape to attach the pastel paper to masonite board. The clean border remaining after the tape is lifted helps me to handle the finished artwork when matting/framing.

08-25-2000, 03:27 PM
When using a prepared high-tooth board or surface for soft pastel painting attach to a sturdy board. Even Homasote is good (this is dense, highly compressed pulp board you can get from a lumber yard).

When using Canson or other pastel papers, it is best to attach with tacks, tape or bull-dog clips to either Homasote, hardboard or even doubled foam-core board with several pieces of Canson or newspaper behind your work to give it just a bit of cushion. If you just attach your paper to a hard surface, the tooth will fill up quickly and not maximize the movement of pastel.

Corkboard used as a backing should be very dense otherwise the pattern in the cork will show up in your work like a rubbing.


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