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It's called "Colourfix" for the obvious reason. This very permanent, lightfast coated paper withstands all manner of artistic experimentation (and even punishment).
These papers are used successfully in practically all media — pastels, charcoal, pencil, oils, acrylic, gouache, inks, silverpoint, and even watercolor. The natural toothy surface is ideal for pastels, pencil, or charcoal, as it will hold multiple overlays of color without the need to fix between layers.
The absence of fixative allows the velvet bloom and vibrant color of pastel to be preserved. (Apply a final light spray of fixative if desired.)
The unique, fine tooth surface is produced by screen printing Art Spectrum Colourfix Primer onto a heavy weight Hot Press watercolor paper. Available in 9" × 12" (229 mm × 305 mm) or 19½" × 27½" (495 mm × 686 mm) sheets. 140 lb (300 gsm).
Cool Tones Pack
Includes the following 10 cool tones in a 9" × 12" (229 mm × 305 mm) sheet pack: Blue Haze, Deep Black, Deep Ultra, Elephant, Fresh Gray, Leaf Green Dark, Natural, Rose Gray, Storm Blue, and White.
Includes all 20 colors in the Colourfix line in a 9" × 12" (229 mm × 305 mm) sheet pack.
Warm Tones Pack
Includes the following 10 warm tones in a 9" × 12" (229 mm × 305 mm) sheet pack: Aubergine, Australian Gray, Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Raw Sienna, Rich Beige, Sand, Soft Umber, and Terra Cotta.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Handling Charge — When ordering sheets of paper or board larger than 18” x 24” in quantities of less than 10, a $3.00 per order handling fee applies. Paper or boards may be assorted to reach the quantity of 10.
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This paper offers a unique experience.
from Wellesley MA
Comments about Art Spectrum Colourfix Coated Pastel Paper:
I use this paper with my watercolor class to give them the experience of painting on toned paper.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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A Wonderful Paper!
from Burbank, CA
Art Spectrum Colorfix coated pastel paper is my favorite paper for oil pastel (and soft pastel but I am mainly doing oil pastel now). I can't say it is inexpensive, but I love the results. I would say it is the best in its category except I haven't tried other coated papers. It comes in an extensive selection of warm and cool colors so I can choose the ones that are best for my subjects. It gives a richness to my painting. One of these days I should branch out and try other papers but for now I am very happy with Colorfix.
best sanded pastel paper ever!
from phoenicia, ny
i paint water paintings in pastel. This paper holds many layers without having to spray.
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Excellent Pastel Paper!
By Mrs. H. HS Art Teacher
from Austin, TX
First time working with this paper in HS art class. Students are getting wonderful depth and color with soft pastels on this coated paper. Love that it is forgiving for first time students and able to take lots of reworking. Great hues available, too!
Excellent sanded paper
By Bill Hansen
from Ithaca NY USA
I can't rate this "best in its category" only because there are a few other brands which are as good. But this heavy, sanded (about 320-400 grit) paper comes in multiple colors and is readily available, which are big advantages. It's expensive, but it's excellent - well worth the price.
Canson is the only other colored pastel paper I have used.
By Rose Paint
from Lake Oswego, OR
I have used Art Spectrum pastel paper for years. I find it to be a very high quality paper. There are so many aspects of this paper that are desirable. If you use a light touch, more of the color shows. The negative areas are also very important when used in landscape paintings.
Beautiful paper to use with mixed media
By Steffie, the expressionist
from Laurel Md
I use these papers in a variety of ways. The texture is excellent for both oil and chalk pastels. I found that you can successfully sabd the paper for a more smooth finish and use watercolor or acrylic to create more soft or refuned images. I used this paper for years and cannot find any other pa p er I like better for pastels or mixed medium. I only wish you could get larger sixes to work with.I recommend both the cold and warm colors.
Satisfied repeat customer
from Southern Oregon
Accepts multiple layers of soft pastel, as well as wet underpaintings. Neutral toned grounds helps to unify paintings without requiring heavy applications of pastel. Corrections and even erasures are possible without damage to the surface. Once they try it, my students prefer Colorfix to other smoother, less durable supports.
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My first love
I have been using Colourfix for years for oil pastels and more recently soft pastels.I always keep a Rainbow Set on hand to push me out of my comfort zone or to better suit a subject and some of my favorite colors in large sheets.Works great with PanPastel but hard on the SoftTools.
Saves time and is always predictable
By Purple Queen
from Hayward, WI
I love this colored sanded pastel paper. It saves the time of preparing a colored base for the painting. The texture holds pastel nicely — just the right tooth. I like the variety of colors and sizes available, making start-up so easy and fast. It seems pricey until you weigh the prep time you've saved. I love having these papers on hand so I can get right to my painting.
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