How to make Canson Paper More Lightfast

Marsha Hamby Savage - Much Gold
Marsha Hamby Savage "Much Gold"

Many artists complain that Canson Mi-Teintes paper is not lightfast enough – meaning that the color would eventually fade when the paper is exposed to sunlight for some time. The pastelist Marsha Hamby Savage who mainly uses this paper for her soft pastel paintings is explaining in her blog how to prepare Canson paper to endure more light. Marsha is an expert in using this paper while the great deal of the soft pastel artists, including me, are having nightmares where they are left with no sanded paper in sight.

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5 thoughts on “How to make Canson Paper More Lightfast”

  1. I really had to study that posting to find the lone sentence in it that addresses “how to prepare paper to endure more light”, which is simply this: So . . . from now on I will use my finger or something to “mush” the pastel into the paper and create a barrier and soft background to do the remaining painting on.”

    Not very insightful. Her discussion of value and color in that posting was MUCH more interesting. Thanks for linking to it!

  2. Hi Johan, thanks for the comment. While I can agree with you that it is not a big science to “mush” the pastel in the paper it was an interesting information for me. Marsha is very respected artist and I’m sure she verified that statement.

  3. Yes, I agree! Her discussion of value and color in that posting was MUCH more interesting. Thanks for linking to it!

  4. I like using Canson Mi-Tientes paper. I am a novice
    in pastel and would like to do underpaintings. Other than using sanded paper, such as Spectrum Colorfix
    can I use the Canson papers for underpainting?

    Thanks so much,
    Brad

  5. Brad, thanks for the comment. I found out that the PanPastel underpainting works well on the Canson. The wet underpainting on Mi-Tientes is very tricky and it never worked for me.

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