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Benefits of using Richeson Pastel Surface on Gator Foam™ Painting outdoors presents special challenges for pastel artists specifically related to the painting surface.
Taping paper to a support can bedifficult and time-consuming
Masking tape, paper and back board are cumbersome to bring to the site with other equipment
Save money by using Richeson Premium Gator by eliminating the cost of mounting
Richeson Premium Pastel Surfaces makes these issues "go away"!
Archival and acid-free, Gator Foam is available in a variety of colors and sizes
Toothy - As a pastellist you want the surface to interact with the pastel. The coating has been specially prepared to create an excellent tooth that will withstand multiple layering. No matter if you are working with charcoal, semi-hard, soft or oil pastel this surface is very unique on the market today. It has a very pronounced tooth so your pastels simply come alive on the surface. When you're ready to apply the next layer you'll find that the surface really grabs and holds the pigment in the pastel and this allows you to get great depth in your compositions.
Waterproof - Since the coating is waterproof you can apply water to soften the edges of the pastel without altering the surface. You can also scrub around the color with a rag or with anyone of the many pastel blending products that we offer. Since it is waterproof you can freely apply inks, gouache and acrylics to your compositions for exploring a wide range of techniques.
Convenient - 140 lb acid-free high quality watercolor paper and individually coated on lightweight gator board or super sturdy hard board in a full array of sizes. Small board products are fantastic for plein air painting while the larger sizes are excellent for use in the studio. Gator board creates a stiff board that is light in weight making it ideal for workshop artists who work large.
Selection of Colors - A wide variety of colors gives you an outstanding choice of backgrounds to select from. As with all new products we urge you to give these new surfaces a try. We feel that they are unique, well thought out and relatively inexpensive.