Clairefontaine : Blue Label : Pastelmat Pad N0.4 : 24 x 30cm : 12 Sheets 360gsm
I have been using pastelmat exclusively now for some years having tried all of the leading pastel supports including sanded boards and velour. Personally, I find pastelmat to be the best all round whether using pastel pencils or soft or hard pastel sticks ( I have tried all of the major brands of both forms on all supports). As an asthma sufferer, I am pleased to say that when using pastelmat, I have been unaffected with airborne pastel dust and haven't needed any form of extraction system unlike others, (in particular velour which tends to to throw up lots of pastel dust due to its nap.) Presumably this is due to Pastelmat's outstanding ability to hold many layers of pastel without loss of tooth and believe me I lay my Unisons on thick!
Pastelmat is a premium card surface (360gsm / 170lb) specially developed for pastelists. Its unique velvety surface, made from a fine coating of cellulose fibers, has the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of even the softest pastels.
Pastelmat significantly reduces the need for fixative, which means that colors remain vibrant and fresh once applied. It has the added bonus of being gentle on both fingers and blending tools. It is acid free and lightfast.
Pastelmat is ideal for use with all dry media - pastel sticks, PanPastel, pencils and charcoal. It is also water resistant which means that it can be used with wet media – such as acrylics and watercolor for washes and mixed media techniques.
This Bluee Label Pastelmat Pad contains twelve Pastelmat sheets; three each of Burgundy, Light Blue, Dark Blue and Sand.