To get the most out of the pastel colour attributes, the colour of the paper must be carefully chosen. It can capture, enhance or soften the colours in the work. The paper can become part of the work. A coloured background also has the advantage that the pastel painting does not have to be completely ‘filled in’.
The structure of the paper is also important. Pastel will fall directly from the paper if it has no grip and will not give off any colour if there is too little resistance from the paper. If the structure of the paper is ‘full’, Talens Pastel fixative (061 and 064) can be used. This gives more structure, allowing the next layer to adhere. This paper is suitable for soft pastels and carré pastels, charcoal, pencils and chalk.
Taking care of your paper/artwork
Because a pastel drawing is fragile, you can also fix it once the work is finished. This is possible using Talens Pastel fixative (061 and 064). The colour layers and particles will adhere to each other and to the surface and will last longer.