Wed 1 Dec, 2004 01:55 pm
Sorry about the blur and bad quality, I have trouble finding a good way to take a picture of my art. Any suggestions? Also, I am having trouble with my paper that I use. I use something called "canva-paper". I don't know if you've ever heard of it, but it's much like canvas except paper, hence the name. Anyways, in all of my pictures little white dots show through in my art because of how textured it is. Is this normal? Can it be prevented? Am I using the wrong kind of paper? Ideally I want sold colors without white showing through. Any help at all is much appreciated
A poem for your painting
In orange and in green,
Beyond the small cottage
Lies things never seen.
In watching the paper of grained canvas made,
The orange is a warming,
The green is a shade.
Thanks Letty, that's very good. You made it up off the top of your head?
I always make stuff up off the top of my head, C.S. To labor over it, is to lose it. and incidentally, your painting reminded me of a song, too.
Let's see if I can remember it, CS.
There's a little brown road
Winding over the hill,
To a little white cot by the sea.
There's a little green gate,
At whose trellis I wait,
While two eyes of blue,
Come smiling through
I have no idea where that song came from,
It was just there.
This is a nice little picture
I know what you mean about the rough paper. I prefer to use smooth drawing paper myself for this reason. Even when I do watercolors I don't like to use the really bumpy stuff. I suffer when it call curls up as it dries, but the funs over then anyway so I don't care!
I've heard a lot though that for pastels it is very necessary to use rough surfaces.
if you don't use too
many layers of chalk it is possible to use pastels with heavy cartridge paper and then you wouldn't have the problem of the little white flecks.
You can also underpaint in watercolour or acrylic (on watercolour paper or heavy cartridge) and work on top in pastels - this can be more exciting as you can paint a different colour underneath and have fragments of that colour showing through.
eg online: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/1730/176/
Look at the work of Sally Strand in pastel - she uses them beautifully.
link to sally strand's work
That is a good start for pastels. Canvas paper is usually used more for oils and acrylics (but, of course, is open to any medium which someone feels they want to try). If you are looking for a more smooth look I would try canson paper. It is slightly textured but not nearly as rough as canvas.