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A new, softer surface from the makers of Colourfix Pastel Papers, Colourfix Suede is an archival-quality surface suitable for use with pastels, charcoal, pencils, inks, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, silverpoint, and even oil paints.
The surface of Colourfix Suede is not as abrasive as its "older brother" (the original Colourfix), and was developed partially in conjunction with the manufacturers of PanPastel as an ideal ground for its products.
Still able to hold multiple layers of pastel, Colourfix Suede does so in a gentler fashion and without causing excessive damage to PanPastels and Sofft Tools (not to mention fingertips, for those who like to blend with their fingers).
Colourfix Suede is a heavier paper than the original Colourfix, produced by screen printing Art Spectrum Colourfix Primer onto a heavyweight (500 gsm) hot press watercolor paper to create a strong, permanent support for painting. To further distinguish it from the original Colourfix, the screen print extends to the edges of the paper, with no white borders.
Colourfix Suede Pastel Papers are available in eight rich colors (including six new colors) and two sizes, providing artists with another high-quality alternative for permanent artwork.
Includes ten sheets of paper, including two each of Black Suede and White Suede, and one each of Kalangadoo, Outback Blush, Brown Paper Bag, Tasman Sky, Jacaranda, and Kangaroo Gray.
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® Art Spectrum is a registered trademark.™ Colourfix, PanPastel, and Sofft are trademarks.
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Good product for colored pencil too
By Patti B
from Athens, AL
Comments about Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede Pastel Papers:
I used this to do a portrait of a horse and it didn't work very well with a smooth subject. I couldn't add enough layers to my satisfaction. Next I tried a German Shepherd and it came out beautifully. This seems to work better on fur. If I did another horse, it would be in pastels. This seems to fit my needs well.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Columbus, Ohio
I use this paper with my pan pastels and my sennilier stick pastels. For my there was quite a learning curve when I started. I had trouble getting initial layers to "stick". Once I started laying down a layer and spraying with a workable fixative I was on my way. I have gotten some beautiful soft water color like effects with my pastels and have gotten bolder looks. The color is brilliant.Cons: You can only buy in packs of 10 sheets. I'm glad I liked it since I would have hated to invest that much money on 10 sheets I didn't like. It would be nice to buy single sheets. I also think the color selection is limited.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
disappointing with colored pencils
from ft Worth Texas
I haveI used suede paper and found it to be more accepting of colored pencil. This fills with pigment very fast and does not give me the detail like. I think it would be great with pastels but haven't tried it with that yet.
Love it for life drawing!
from Portland, OR
I've started using this paper in my life drawing class. I tend to prefer pastel papers to charcoal papers, but some of the pastel sanded papers are just too toothy, not allowing me to soften edges or blend. This paper has all the characteristics I like: no patterned texture, smooth tooth that doesn't need fixing, and a durable card stock. It's on the pricey side, but not terrible in comparison to quality papers.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I gave in and bought a 10 pack since there is no individual sheet made available for sale. Bad decision. I wanted to try the AS Suede with my PanPastels since the developers had them in mind when creating this pastel paper. It just doesn't grip the pastel, therefore, doesn't take many layers, say 2 plus highlights if lucky, and the first is a battle to make it stay on the sheet... So, I don't know what I will do with that paper but certainly won't use it and stay with Pastelmat for detail work and Uart when grit is needed.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry that this pastel paper isn't working out for you. We understand how important it is to have materials that meet your specific needs, and one of our Customer Care Agents will be reaching out to assist you. If you would ever like assistance when you're considering trying out an unfamiliar surface, our Product Information Team is here to help. Product Specialists are available at 1-800-933-2542 (8am-5:30pm CST M-F) or firstname.lastname@example.org, and they're happy to advise!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Colourfix Suede Paper Excels
from Bradenton, FL
I have mostly positive remarks to make about Art Spectrum's Colourfix Suede paper. I use my soft pastels on its luxurious surface and I have found no better paper. I used to use sanded papers but suede is definitely better. I don't find it holds as many layers of pastel as sanded but regardless, I love it.
from Auburn, CA
I thought I would try this paper to see if the surface was one I would enjoy working on. I did use an undercoat by liquefying my pastel with Turpenoid and the paper did not ripple or buckle. It does not hold significant layers of pastel, although for light applications it would be fine. I decided to use some Fine Art fixative on the finished pastel because I was concerned I would have dust problems once it was framed. The paper absorbed the fixative more than sanded papers seem to and the light colors darkened and pastel constricted. Once it dried I went back over the painting to renew the color and highlights. I prefer sanded papers to this surface but some will probably find it to their liking for detail work.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede Pastel Pape
from Houston, TX
If you're a colored pencil artist, you must try this paper.
II love this product
from Troy, Al.
I have used this product 2 times now and found it to be a very good product, next to pastelbord. Fruit looks like you can just reach in and pick it up. Goes on smooth with pastel pencils and sticks. I think the ones that don't like it don't have much experience with pastels. It took me some time to find the right products to use for pastel for me to really like it. Thanks for this good product! I use spectrafix pastel fixative to get more layers. I want to try the rainbow pack next.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
AS Colourfix Suede Pastel Paper
from Kanata, Ontario Canada
This is Horrible paper. In my opinion it can not be used for creating a work of merit. The mediums I have used on the paper are charcoal, pan pastel, hard and medium hard pastel as well as graphite. The above mentioned mediums can not be moved around nicely or removed after repeated applications (not even with water). I have not tried wet mediums. It is a very expensive mistake I made by purchasing the package of 10 sheets 14"x 18". I should have taken heed of the undesirable reviews posted.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this product did not work out for your projects. A member of our Customer Care team will be contacting you to see if we may assist you with a return or exchange, and also help you select a product that may better meet your needs.
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