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Old 09-05-2018, 06:00 PM
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Returning To Pastels

I'm not new to pastels however its been years since I've used them.
I'm taking drawing classes to refresh my "memory" and to get a feel of what I would be interested in projects to try.
I have soft pastels and a few pencil pastels.
Paper with a slight sand grit ? I've looked at Blick and they have a few to offer. Haven't made my mind up.
Any suggestions on paper grit or no grit?
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:51 PM
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Re: Returning To Pastels

You could begin with the smooth side of Canson Mi-Tientes, any color except white. That's just my opinion. I like a colored paper, preferably light gray. Once you get back in the swing of things, move on to Uart or another sanded paper.
I'm going to move your post over to Pastel Talk, where questions are answered. That way your post will get the proper attention. I'll leave redirect arrows for you so you don't think your post was removed. I hope you'll jump in and join us .
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Old 09-05-2018, 11:12 PM
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Re: Returning To Pastels

In years past I only worked with non sanded pastel papers and hard pastels. It never did appeal to me. A few years ago my wife talked me into trying sanded pastel paper with hard and soft pastels. My first few stunk pretty badly but since then I have grown to really love the sanded papers and large, soft pastels. It feels more like painting and fits with my painterly style in oils.

My 2 cents worth of advice would be to just jump in there with the sanded papers and some artist quality softs, along with some mediums and hards for under painting and finer lines.

My favorite papers are UArt , Fisher and Pastel Premier papers in 320 and 400 grit.
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Old 09-10-2018, 11:34 AM
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Re: Returning To Pastels

It depends on what you want to draw and what technique use. For blending and less layers, some smoother paper will be the best. For lot of layers and details, some tooths are necessary, so some sanded paper will be your choice.
Ask your local art shop of they have some samples for you, so you can try and decide.
But if I can give you an advice, do not buy any cheap papers just only because they are cheap.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:12 AM
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Re: Returning To Pastels

What I did was buy a paper sampler from Dakota Pastels. I would never have discovered my favs otherwise. My mainstays are UArt 800 and Pastelmat.

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