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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Experiment #4 - this time on Uart 400 Grit

Here is this photo (from the Wetcanvas Image Library - thank you lisilk!) painted for the 4th time. This time I used Uart 400 grit that was toned with bright purple. The one thing I hated about the Canson Moonstone (see my other thread on WC or my post below) was that none of my colors popped. They all seemed dark, dull, and dreary. On the Uart, I had no problem keeping nice clean bright colors. Uart (all grits) is a wonderful paper.
I cut a 9" x 12" piece, cut an acid-free foam board to the same size, put down a sheet of Grafix Double Tack and bonded the Uart to the board. The first thing I've noticed is that the edges and corners are totally secure and are not coming off the board. It has been since last night and it has not changed, whereas I had a problem with Wallis paper rolling up around the edges and corners within a couple of hours. Here is where I got the Double Tack at Jerry's.

With the Uart, you can achieve a painterly effect, but on the other hand, you can get a nice smooth blended sky that is easily blended with the minimum amount of effort, if that is the look you're going for. In this case, the ground is the focal point, so I wanted the sky to be smooth with just a hint of color. This paper also takes many layers of pastels. It just keeps on going and going... If you fill up the tooth, just take a bristle brush or foam brush and flick it off and it's ready to go again.
So this time I pumped up the color. I used 2 values of aqua blue, lavender, and a very light blue in the sky; brown, deep rust, deep violet, medium orange, and bright orange in the main trees; peach, medium rust, and a medium brownish mauve for the trees on the right; several values of purples plus gray-greens in the distant mountains; and all of those colors here and there in the foreground plus a light wheat color.
9"x12" Mount Visions and the new Richeson Handmade Pastels (love! they are softer than MV and even bigger and fatter).

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