Occasionally I get asked the question: Do you ever use soft pastels on black paper? And the answer is: Well no, I don’t. Mind you, when I first started in pastels over 20 years ago, I worked on a dark green mat board. So I have worked with pastels on dark paper, just not black paper. But once I discovered sanded paper, ie Wallis paper which came in the warm mid-value colour known as Belgian mist that I used at first, it was bye-bye dark paper!
When thinking about what I could do a new pastel demo for YouTube on, I recalled the question about pastels on black paper and here you have the result. I’m using pastels from Mount Vision’s workshop set of 50 pastels on Schmincke’s Sansfix pastel card.
Now funnily, it took me some time to choose the colours I would use for the first layer. I say funnily because usually, I work with a much more limited choice of colours ie. smaller pastel starter sets. Having more choice made it more difficult to choose! But it was fun dipping into the jewel box 🙂
Have a look at the video:
And here’s the set-up:
And my thumbnails:
The Mount Vision set from which I chose the pastels:
Let’s look at a few stills showing the progression:
I love Mount Vision pastels. They are difficult to describe as they are soft and yet have a grittiness that I really like – totally the opposite of ‘buttery’ and yet, like I say, soft. There are some fabulous colours in an extensive value range and they are BIG. Fantastic value. I highly recommend them. Go check the Mount Vision website for a good drool! I love how you can search colours by value.
I had never tried Schmincke’s Sansfix paper before and I liked it. It reminds me of Sennelier’s La Carte Pastel card but I would have to try them side-by-side to make a true comparison review.
So tell me, do you use pastels on black paper? If you do, why do you like it? If you don’t, why not? Please leave a comment – I always love your input!!
Until next time,