Suede Mat Board

by Arlene
(Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada)

Cottonwood Park

Cottonwood Park

Suede Mat board is a wonderful surface for soft pastels. It absorbs so much color and is excellent if you are using many layers of color. It can be easily brushed off with an oil paint brush if need be. Use only archival good quality mat board. Sheets come in 32 x 40 which will give you four 16 x 20 sheets. Try it and you will find it hard to go back to paper!

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further info on suede mat board
by: Anonymous

It depends on the manufacturer as to whether the suede mat board is archival or not.

Crescent is archival.

Peterboro makes both archival and non archival suede board.

I use Crescent board from Dick Blick.

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Where to buy suede mat board
by: Anonymous

I buy all my art materials from dickblick.com.

Their service is outstanding and they have a help line for product knowledge too.

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is suede mat board archival ?
by: Anonymous

Thank you for asking this important question.
The manufacturers state that their board is conservation grade .
It is made of 100% Alpha Cellulose with all lignin and acid removed.
I called about this and was told ,that considering all the above, the suede mat board can be considered archival although the manufacturer does not state it is archival.

I blend the coloured pencil work I do on suede mat board.
I use a firm bristle brush which I have cut to about 1/4 inch length. Brush gently and you'll see how lovely and soft the fur becomes.
Other artists us Gamsol solvent. Just a little on an ear bud . The suede mat board is very strong and takes quite a lot of punishment.

I have a friend who does oil pastel work on suede board and it is very effective.
If the surface gets too wet just let it dry completely and brush gently to bring the soft surface back.

You can also use water colour pencils on suede board. This is great as then you don't need solvents .

You need to frame it under glass or plexiglass as you would water colour paintings.
I use mat board to keep it away from the glass.

I hope I've helped you a bit. If you have more questions please ask me anytime. I'll do my best to help anyone .

I'm happy that you like my work and that you asked these questions.

Thank you




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questions re: pastels on suede mat board
by: Anonymous

Susan,

Yes, suede mat board is very exciting to do pastel painting and coloured pencil too.

Gemma Gylling's coloured pencil work on matboard is spectacular. She also works with pastels.
She has a lovely website and blog with lots o f tips.
Leslie Harrison's incredible pastel work is worth looking at too.
They both have websites and blogs.



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questions re: pastels on suede mat board
by: Susan

I just discovered suede mat board by accident and love painting it with soft pastels. I'm at the NPS gathering in Fort Casey on Whidbey Island (where I live) this weekend, and none of them had ever heard of working with it. They loved it, though. How do I know if it's archival? Where's an inexpensive place to buy it? How best to frame it? Does it need spacers? What are the drawbacks besides not being able to blend on it? Is there anything else you can tell me?

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suede mat board
by: sjensen

I WAS WONDERING where you get the suede mat board.

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Suede Mat Board piece is Wow
by: ArtistMom

Your piece so fabulous. I have played with pastels, but seem to prefer my watercolor/Acrylic. You did a fantastic job with your medium on suede mat board. Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea and gift.

Alice signing offf

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Mat
by: Anonymous

Velour accepts more layers than Suede Mat-board and the Suede is four time more expensive.

If you have a reasonable source for the Mat-board, please share it with us.

Thanks

Velour paper can be bought at the jerry's or mister art

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I love that landscape.
by: Robert Sloan

Your example landscape on suede mat board is gorgeous. I've used Hahnemuhle velour board and paper, which is archival and has a little more pile. It's very good for pastels as long as I'm not trying for very fine detail or trying to do much with hard pastels or pastel pencils in it.

Does the suede mat board accept details easier than velour board?

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