I like to experiment with different surfaces drawing in colored pencil, searching for the most archival support for my art. Since most people find the colored pencil work inferior to oil painting and even pastel painting, finding the right, archival surface takes the fear away from your clients who wish to buy your artwork otherwise.
The slightly sanded, colored surface of the Amersand pastelbord is similar to the 800 grit Uart paper, which is great for soft pastel painting. Just like the Uart paper, the pastelbord has similar pros and cons.
- Ampersand offers a nice variety of colored surfaces: sand, dark green, white, gray, and other neutral colors. It takes much less time to shade on colored surface rather than on white.
- Artworks look vivid drawn on this board.
- This archival surface doesn’t bend or crumble, stays flat at all times.
- It offers easy display without glass. Just make sure you fix your art beforehand with 3 layers of final fixative. Now you have neither glass reflections nor scare to transport the art!
- The Ampersand pastelbords come in standard sizes that makes it super easy to frame nicely!
- The sanded surface really limits me with a number of layers I can put on it.
- It “eats” my colored pencils. If you buy expensive, lightfast pencils, they don’t last long drawing on this surface, and you’d have to replenish them quite often.
- It’s best to use harder pencils on these boards like Pablos to fill in all the detail.
- The boards cost more than the average drawing paper, of course.
What do you think? Have you tried the pastelboards with colored pencils yet? Let me know in the comments below.
Here you can see framed artworks completed on pastelbord.