Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Search for:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > Explore Media > Pastels > Soft Pastel Talk
User Name
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-02-2002, 12:32 AM
crumbedbrains's Avatar
crumbedbrains crumbedbrains is offline
Veteran Member
Brisbane, Australia
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 991
Hails from Australia
Choice of paper colour

Hi Everyone,

After seeing a some pieces here over the past few days I notice the choice of paper/mat board colour is a very important part of the process which has not been discussed much (at least in my short time at WC).

How do you all go about it? . .do you choose compliments?, Harmonies? mid tones? darks? . . .

I've fallen in love with Stonehenge paper but I can only get it in black, white or cream!! . .not always the best choice I've found out today after spending hours trying to cover up all those white specks!!

So, c'mon . .please do tell

Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-02-2002, 12:44 AM
chookbrown's Avatar
chookbrown chookbrown is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 3,268
Hails from Australia
Hey Cb... my choice of colored paper is often driven by the subject matter and using the paper color as a type of "all over wash" instead of doing it with the pastel color I use the color of the paper.... You would have noticed on the apple pic I did that I used a red paper.... and the piano stool pic which was largely wood surfaces I used a dark brown/burgundy colored paper. This is my way of "cheating" when I have a deadline and not the time to do as many layers.


"Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. "
--Margot Fonteyn.

Colleen Brown Fine Art
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-02-2002, 01:05 AM
Redsy333's Avatar
Redsy333 Redsy333 is offline
Lord of the Arts
Depends on the Day!
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,956
Hails from United States
Well for Paper choice I prefer buying the full sheets of Light blue or blue Canson Mi-Teintes, I prefer to work with the textured side vs the smooth for portraits..I have no clue why! LOL I just do
I am about to embark on some wildlife pics and I am in love with the Sennelier Textured board, I plan on using the tan color.
I use Acid free matting, with the cut beveled inward to help reduce dust issues.
When Ever I finish a pic, I place it on foam board with mounting tabs and cover for storage.
I use foam board as a backing...and it may change depending on what and where the pic is going. For example, if it was to be a show piece I would let the Professional Framer (lol) do it!!

Hope that helps!!
~Redsy~ a.k.a. "TIMIDTONIA" SuperMuse fighting the evil Politically Correct Patrol!
~Courtesy of MarkL~
~My New Site~
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-02-2002, 03:18 AM
Katherine J's Avatar
Katherine J Katherine J is offline
Halfmoon Bay, B.C.
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 1,098
Hails from Canada
Personally, CB, I'm hooked on Colourfix paper and I'm really attracted to black. My other choice is their grey. I think there's something about my style that suits black best. I did a piece on grey Canson Mi-Teintes this week and although it's OK, I'm not as happy as if it had been either on black Mi-Teintes or Colourfix. I'll be posting a couple of pieces this weekend or next week both done on black Colourfix - an apple still life for both. More than anything, I guess, it's the texture of the Colourfix paper I like.
Reply With Quote
  #5   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-02-2002, 03:30 AM
jackiesimmonds's Avatar
jackiesimmonds jackiesimmonds is offline
A Local Legend
Middlesex, England
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 8,274
Hails from United Kingdom
if you cover the whole sheet with pastel so that the paper doesn't show at all, then it matters not wot colour you use.

If you leave bits of the paper showing, so that it becomes part of the image, then you have to think about it .

Dark paper will provide most contrast.

Neutral paper will blend with the image.

Complements will add excitement.

Cools will add contrast to a warm pic.

Warms will add contrast to a cool pic.

Harmonies will harmonize.

Over to you Crumby. !!

Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:12 PM.

© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.