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Clairefontaine developed Pastelmat to meet the specific expectations of the most demanding pastel artists. This 170 lb (360 gsm) card is also an ideal surface for pencil and charcoal.
Pastelmat's single and original surface is a true innovation that combines the advantages of two traditional papers. The fine particles are sufficiently well-fixed for a smooth surface and comfort of use, and the smoothness of the cork grain in the adhesive ensures longevity.
The character "fixing" of this surface is so extraordinary that the positioning of multiple layers of pastels, and the realization of flat tints, precise details, or delicate and transparent veils are easily achieved.
The use of fixative is not necessary with Pastelmat. The rigidity, weight, and non-acidity, as well as the paper's light-resistance, guarantee conservation of your artwork. However, it is recommended that a sheet of acid-free translucent paper be placed over finished artworks created on Pastelmat.
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.
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Love painting on this!
Comments about Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card Pads:
I have done similar paintings using the same pastels on Pastel Paper and on Pastelmat and the difference in the quality is amazing. Pastelmat is pricey, but you get what you pay for!
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Great for colored pencil
I love this paper. I recently used it for the first time with colored pencil and I was very pleased with the result. The surface is great for layering and fine detail work. I've already ordered other colors.
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Makes doing pastel easy
By Anne the artist
The pastel sticks to it and makes it easy to work with.I do this for a living.
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Best pastel paper I've used
By Passionate about horses
from Greenleaf, Idaho
I love how the pan pastels just seem to melt and flow on this paper.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
new to me
from Jackson, MI
I have not used this paper yet. The texture is pretty smooth for a sanded surface so should work well with colored pencils.
from San Rafael, CA
I work with different brands of colored pencils on differenttypes of media, but in my opinion Clairefontaine Pastelmat card is the best product I have found so far.
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My new favorite
from Bethlehem PA
Pastelmat takes layers of color so beautifully.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Love this !
By Marianne DKUSA
from Milford, CT
I recently discovered Pastelmat and immediately fell in love with it ! At first I was wondering how the smooth surface could hold any layer of pastels , but as soon as I started working on it ,I could feel how it held onto the color. You can still put several layers on and there doesn't seem to be any dust as is often the case with other kind of surfaces.The best thing is, that it pretty much eliminates any need for fixative.it's a bit expensive and my only wish - apart from a lower price - would be that it came in more colors and sizes. I'd especially like a smaller size pads like 5x7
from Bethlehem, PA
Love Pastelmat. Has a nice tooth. Purchased several sizes.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from San Antonio TX
This paper holds the pastel like no paper I've ever used before; nothing flakes off. It's really amazing. It also takes under painting beautifully.
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