Originally Posted by Tamzart
Your portraits are beautiful, Kayty. And you seem to be having more success with the Mi-Tientes paper than I have enjoyed. If the honeycomb texture ever gives you problems, I wonder if you might want to try some drafting/tracing vellum? I don't know what's available in Australia, but the type I have, (which, unfortunately is not acid-free), responds very well to pastel/pastel pencils. I understand at least some of the vellum made today is basically plasticized cotton, hence very much archival. (If you would like to see an example of the results I have gotten with this type of paper, I will post them in another thread.)
Thankyou for the suggestions Tamzart. I don't mind the Mi-Tientes, but often 'chop and change' between the roughly textured side and the smoother side. The last one was on a rough side, and I really struggled with it. So my current portrait I am working on the smoother side and so far I'm very happy with it.
I've also got a few sheets of velour waiting to be used, but I don't want to attempt them with a commission in case it all goes bad!
We don't have the greatest range of paper produce available here, really it's just pastel matt and mi-tientes that are the most widely used. My online supplier had to source the velour overseas for me. I have looked into buying from overseas, but so far all I have found is far too expensive to ship.