|Sandstone study in purple|
6x6 - pastel on brown Colorbok cardstock
Today, I visited the scrapbooking isle, and even though I don't do scrapbooking, I always like looking at the supplies and little do-dads they carry. I happened to notice the selection of papers, which included these pads of 12x12" heavy smooth cardstock paper that came in a variety of colors, and specifically, a pad of earth neutrals which included black, two shades of brown, white and yellow. The company is Colorbok , although their website doesn't show any of the paper products I saw.
Thirty sheets. Acid and lignin-free.
And, the best part.....the price:
That's less than I paid for the single sheet of the Somerset Black Velvet paper.
We are leaving for AZ early-early tomorrow morning for the holiday, so I couldn't dedicate an evening to trying out a full sheet. I decided to try the dark brown paper and after hitting it with my sanding pad, I quartered it and did this quick value study to see how it handled.
It's based on a photo taken in - where else - Moab, during my plein air trip. I had cropped the original photo, squared it, and made it b/w for a possible abstract painting, so I could ignore the local color and just focus on values.
Verdict: Love the paper
I probably won't use the white with pastels, but it is heavier than Bristol and just as smooth, so I'm thinking it will be great for graphite drawings or pen and ink.
So, if you ever wanted to experiment with smooth paper for your pastels, this could be a low-cost way to give it a try. They also had packs of 8.5 x 11" paper, same price, in some wonderful dark neutrals.
I'm bringing it with me on our T-giving trip, along with my easel, as I am hoping and planning to do some plein air painting while we are in the Phoenix area. We are going to be staying at White Tank Regional Park in Wayne's brother's ginormous RV, which means I'll have plenty of Sonoran desert-y subjects to paint within walking distance. Exciting!
I usually don't have internet access during these holiday trips to Phoenix, so I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and safe travels. I will definitely miss reading everyone's blogs while I'm out of town.