Manufactured by Clairefontaine in France, Pastelmat® has a legendary reputation among the world's foremost pastelists. Artists around the world have observed that Pastelmat® "tames the pastel" by providing exceptional control over the medium. Previously sold only in limited distribution, Pastelmat® is now widely available throughout North America.
Pastelmat® Performance Features
Grit: Pastelmat® is a truly unique product with a strong, velvety surface that has more tooth than traditional Ingres papers but is not abrasive like sanded papers. Pastelmat®'s tough surface is organic. Its powerful grit is derived from cellulose plant fibers. In comparison, sanded papers use chemicals such as aluminum oxide to create their gritty surface.
Vibrant Color: Pastelmat®'s texture grabs onto the pastel, breaking up the pigment and pulls it deep into the surface for exceptionally vibrant color.
"Painting with Pastel": Pastelmat® has a unique interaction with pastels, allowing the artist to create painterly effects with soft, buttery marks.
Blending: Pastelmat® offers remarkable control, allowing for effortless, precision blending of pigments.
Washes: Holds up to water or solvent-based washes. This allows pastelists to create underpaintings with solutions of denatured alcohol or other solvents and to build layers on top.
No need for fixatives: Because Pastelmat®'s surface pulls and holds pigment so deeply, fixatives are not needed to keep the color stable.
Mixed Media Surface: Pastelmat®'s is so versatile that, in addition to pastel and pastel pencils, it will support most dry and wet media including: oil pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, acrylics, watercolors and gouache.
Fine linework: Unlike grittier sanded papers, Pastelmat®'s velvety surface is suitable for fine line artwork.
Acid-free / Neutral pH
Comparison to Sanded Papers
Toxic Dust: Many toxic elements are used in the manufacture of pastels, including cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead, nickel, mercury and titanium. The extreme abrasiveness of sanded papers generates large amounts of toxic dust. In comparison, Pastelmat ®'s velvety surface produces relatively little dust.
Lower Consumption Rate of Costly Pastels: Pastelmat®'s velvety surface consumes pastel sticks at a 30% slower rate than sanded papers.
Fingertip Scraping: Fingertip blending on sanded papers is rough on artists' skin. Pastelmat ®'s velvety surface is gentle.
Non-toxic Surface: Pastelmat®'s non-toxic surface is created with natural cellulose particles. In comparison, sanded papers are adapted from materials designed for industrial use. The grit on the surface of sanded papers is produced by the application of aluminum oxide, a skin irritant with a questionable safety record.
18 x 24 cm (7 x 9½")
24 x 30 cm (9½ x 12")
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16")
24 x 32 cm (9½ x 12½")
50 x 70 cm (19½ x 27½")
70 x 100 cm (27½ x 39½")