Friday, February 27, 2009

Review: Clairefontaine Ingres Pastel Paper

Clairefontaine Pastel

From the Exaclair website:

"The paper used in Clairefontaine’s fine art paper is made by a mill almost 400 years old.

Established in 1618 during the Golden Age of Dutch Masters, the “De Veentjes” paper mill was located in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands. The rapid currents of the Heelsum brook were used to run the mill. In 1710 the Schut family bought the mill and continued to make quality papers for almost 300 years.

In 1998 Papierfabriek Schut was acquired by Papeteries de Clairefontaine. Though the machinery is modern, the mill still radiates a traditional atmosphere and applies the same degree of skill and care to every sheet of paper as it did in historic times.

The quality of the work has enabled the mill to prosper over the centuries. Once, one of many small paper mills in the Veluwe region, Schut is the only one that remains.

This paper was inspired by the French artist, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. In 1832 he developed for his own use a laid finish paper suited for pastel."

• 130 g laid paper
• High sensitivity to delicate shades of color
• White sheets – slight ivory tinge, light
– reflecting properties
• Colors – assorted muted colors – sand,
almond, ochre, sooty black
• 25 sheet pad glued on top
• 2 sizes: 9 ½ x 12” and 12 x 15 ½”

Clairefontaine Pastel

The packaging states that the paper is suitable for pastel or crayon, so I decided to first try out my Neocolor II crayons. They moved effortlessly across this fabulously textured paper, but for some reason, I had a little difficulty building up layers with these crayons.

Clairefontaine Pastel

I moved on to the black paper, because I know that these crayons always "pop" on black. They did, but once again, I had a hard time getting them to cover the surface as thickly as I'm used to. It's not a bad thing, simply different than what I'm used to with a smoother paper like Canson's Mi Teintes. You can really see the texture on this paper, which in itself, adds depth to the image. It is similar to Fabriano's laid paper found in their Artist's Journals.

Clairefontaine Pastel

In the above image, I tried using oil pastels. They provided more of the varying degrees of coverage that I prefer.

Clairefontaine Pastel

Close up of the textured surface. Imagine the possibilities!

Buy it Here in the US, or Here in the UK.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I often use the Ingres paper made by Hahnemuehle because it is also suitable for ink and watercolor. Even for fountain pens, though a little toothy, but no pen ever bleeds through the pages.

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