Jackson’s large range of materials for pastel artists includes a favourite paper imported from America. UArt Pastel Paper is a high-quality, toothy beige paper that we stock in four degrees of grit.
Create your own paper colour
PH neutral and acid-free, all UArt paper is beige in colour, allowing you to prepare the background and tone the paper to your taste. No matter the grade you prefer, UArt accepts underpainting using a wide variety of media, including water, oil and alcohol. UArt paper is sturdy enough to ensure the liquid you use doesn’t damage the tooth or seep through to the other side.
Consistent paper texture
UArt pastel paper has a consistent texture across the paper with a computer-controlled electrostatic coating process and industry-leading standards to ensure a uniform, reliable grain application on every part of the paper. Unlike some paper that may have spots of varying texture, UArt paper has the same grade from edge to edge and corner to corner.
Paper grades for different needs
The UArt paper texture will hold onto pigment, allowing many layers in hard or soft pastels.
Select a texture based on the fineness of the grit you require. The finest feels quite velvety.
400 – a favourite of many professional pastel artists and ideal for those trying UART for the first time
500 – a moderate tooth for any medium
600 – perfect for those with a focus on detailed work
800 – finest tooth, popular for super fine pastel or coloured pencil application
Two other things I noticed:
I noticed that the finer the surface the more lines of pastel rubbed into complete blends, leaving no lines, see the yellow squares below.
I thought that the finest tooth was best for thin lines with pastel pencil but for some reason the Cretacolour Pastel pencil I was using drew the finest lines on the 600 grade not the 800 grade, see the fine white lines below.
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offer on the UArt Pastel Paper on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39.