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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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Well worth the money!
By Basham fine art
from Louisville KY
Comments about Clairefontaine Pastelmat Card Pads:
There is no point using up your pastels with any other paper! Seriously this is the best pastel paper around, and Dick blick is the case cheapest and FASTEST place to aquire Pastelmat in the US. Minimal pastel dust, smooth blending, and you can easily layer light colors over dark! No more having to leave white space
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Would like to see a few more colors
By Rockin Red
from Sedona AZ
Love the surface but I wish they made a nice beige shade in a mid value instead of yellows. Also, the light grey is so light, it could be mistaken for white. On a grey scale, the light grey shade sits between a 9 and a 10! The dark grey shade is a value 6. Personally, I would prefer a value of 8. Other than that, great product!
By Linda K
I recently learned that quality of materials absolutely does make a difference in your final product. Having upgraded to artist quality pastels, I wanted to give pastelmats a shot as well. Wow!! After using more traditional pastel papers, these mats are amazing! If you don't want the texture of the paper to show through, if you don't want an excessive amount of pastel dust, and if you want your work to look velvety smooth, you've got to give these a try. I really think you'll be glad you did!
A must for Pastel artists
I am a pastel artist. I began using hot pressed paper. I was very disappointed in the results. Pastelmat has enough "tooth" to apply multiple layers of pastel.
I really like this product and will buy it again.
By Carolyn the Artist
from Dawsonville, GA
I use this to do my pastel paintings. It is the best if you want to paint multiple layers.
from Newport, Oregon
a little expensive but excellent product, will buy again
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Las Cruces, NM
Pastelmat holds a lot of color. I use it almost exclusively
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Pastel pencil on Pastelmat "Retired" by ALaslo
from Seattle WA
I don't normally write reviews, but.. I recently got some pan pastels and was looking for a suitable ground. I do mostly animals and landscapes. I came across the pastelmat, read a lot of positive reviews and decided to give it a try. Wow! I don't think I will use anything else. It is suited just perfectly for my type of work. The pastel stays where you put it. Very little dust. After several layers it is easy to blend but still are able to get incredible detail with pastel pencils when needed. I'm very happy with the results i'm getting.
Great paper for colored pencil
These papers works so well for colored pencil. Can layer and layer and still have tooth to work with.
Amazing pastel paper
As a pastellist, one of my concerns is dust, and ultimatly fixative. This paper is simply amazing. It reduces dust significantly (more than 60%-70% less dust). No problem to use it with water, with oil pastels. It's a great improvement for pastels users.
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