Do you use Canson Brand Mi-Tientes Paper ?
Canson Mi-Tientes paper is a paper used by artists working in pastel, charcoal and graphite. This paper is 160 gsm in weight, made from a percentage of cotton rag which is dyed in the pulp, machine rolled and acid free. It complies with ISO Standard 9706 and has no optical brightness additives but does have a mould inhibitor in it.
So what does all this mean to us as artists?
When I first started painting with pastel I used this paper. There wasn't the choice like today. This paper is still good value and I have been using it this week on a project so I thought I'd share this tip with you.
This paper is 160 gsm in weight which makes it fairly light and strong enough to take a bit of pushing and rubbing with dry media, pastel in particular. I don't use this paper with water or wet stuff, though some artists do. It buckles really spectacularly and takes years to flatten out. One pastel I did in the early days on this paper is still showing signs of being whetted. It still has a sag in one part after all these years. Live and learn!
You may probably already know this, or maybe you don't, both sides of the Canson Mi-Tientes 160 gsm paper can be pastelled on.
One side of the paper is patterned with a chicken wire/honeycomb/tulle pattern on it. The other side is smooth. If you already use this paper here's the question, which side are you on?
My preference is the smooth side as it takes more layers of pastel than the patterned side. The smooth side doesn't' show that chicken wire/tulle pattern after the painting is finished. On the smooth side, by using a light touch and layering my pastel stroke, I can do more. The tooth is deep enough to take up to 10 layers with a light touch and doesn't leave a pattern.
The patterned side frustrated me as soon as as the chicken wire/tulle holes filled up, (the tooth), the pastel just slipped off, and it didn't take much for that to happen. This side is great if you want these patterns in your painting. I have a light touch for painting with pastel and this still didn't help much on the pattered side.
The Canson Mi-Tientes paper is good value. It comes in 50 colours that are light resistant and ranges in tones from light to dark. It is a low cost paper, that comes in a range of sheet sizes, in a pad and including by the roll. Best of all it has two usable sides.
If you haven't done so give it a try on both sides. There are no prizes for this and no-one is paying me to sell you on this paper. As I said earlier it was a paper I was using during the week and wondered how many of you know about this double-sided paper, and then of course, who uses which side.
Feel free to send me an email, or leave a comment here to say which side you are on and why.
with best wishes for all your paintings,
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