View Full Version : A sunset on velourspaper

02-10-2003, 04:46 PM
My first try of a velourspaper.
Hahnemulle grey velours.
Holds a lot of pastel, does not allow easy blending with your fingers.
Has a bit of a sandpapereffect in the sense that it scrapes off pastel and releases little clouds of it into the air.


The obvious strokes in the air are not half as prominent as on the photograph.


02-10-2003, 04:59 PM
Releases clouds of pastel into the air?????? Sounds EXTREMELY unhealthy. Might be a good idea to wear a mask.

I once tried velour paper, and when I was finished, I gave the pic a good shake, and a bash on the back. I found half my picture came off when I did this, and gave up on the paper!

You are doing rather a good job on it, so perhaps you won't have the same problem.


02-10-2003, 11:49 PM
When I worked on the velour matboard, I didn't have that effect of dust in the air. Instead it seemed to literally suck the pastel from the stick!! Took a lot to cover because of the thick velour surface...but was wonderful for blending. Made my fruit look edible!

Was your paper soft to the touch? like a velvet fabric? I'm wondering what that paper is made of.

But your painting is very moody and atmospheric...rich deep colors and the strokes add to the overall look. I like it!

02-11-2003, 07:45 AM
I must admit, I do not know of the support, but as for the picture...WOW!

I felt that I could come out after what must have been a terrific thunderstorm! That is the impression the mood of the painting invoked in me. I found myself searching for a rainbow!

As for releasing clouds of dust, is this how pastelists become addicted to pastel?

02-12-2003, 06:00 AM
I love the sunkissing the landscape goodbye!! Especially where it strikes the roof:D
Well done!

02-13-2003, 08:12 AM
Thank you, Redsy

Johnny, eh ..getting addicted to sniffing powder? I guess it would not do as a substitute for crack, cocaine and the like, would it? We'd have a spectacular increase of pastelsocieties in the big cities.

Carly and Jackie, I haven't patted this one on the back yet but I do not expect most of the pastel to fall of.
This paper feels soft to the touch like a velvet fibre.
I suspect there may be various sorts qualities of velourspaper.
What sort/brand did you use?
This one is the Hahnemulle that comes in 4 colours (?) namely black and white and two greys.
use?As for the dust into the air I did see tiny puffy clouds of dust with almost every stroke and it was the first time I actually felt my nose was getting irritated due to the pasteldust.
Think this will interest some of us as I recently read that a number of people on this forum are asthmatic, this would not be a paper for you

02-14-2003, 10:45 AM
Hate to say it but it WAS the Hahnemuhle paper I tested, and had prblems with, and pehaps this is why you are getting these dust storms as you work. I would strongly advise that you try a different surface, it really cannot be good, even for someone with healthy lungs, to be working in a cloud of dust!! It sounds like a very good way to BECOME athsmatic!