Wednesday 19 November 2014

Cat on Ampersand pastelbord

Ampersand pastelbord is a new support for me. I was given a small piece to try out, and decided to do this long haired cat just to see how much detailing I could get on it. I found it reasonably easy to use, but could definitely not get the level of detail that I can achieve on paper such as Fabrianno artistico HP. Still, I like the finished painting and might use it again. I found I really needed to keep sharpening the pencils as they became blunt very quickly as the surface is quite rough.

Support: Ampersand pastelbord (mid grey)
Pencils: Faber Castell Polychromos
Size: 7" x 5"


  1. I wouldn't have guessed that you had trouble with this paper. The painting is rich and the subtle variation of colour give it a lot of depth. I think that the soft effect that you achieved here is perfect for this subject. Love it!

    1. Thanks Laurene, I am always torn between detail and speed, this board certainly speeds up the drawing process and I do like the end result, but it is quite expensive so may not use it again.


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