Clairefontaine Pastelmat Pad No 6 Anthracite


  • Clairefontaine Pastelmat Paper brings exceptional possibilities to soft pastel artists. This is a premium pastel paper!
  • Its unique velvety surface, made from a fine coating of cellulose fibres, has the ability to grab and hold multiple layers of even the softest pastels.
  • Pastelmat significantly reduces the need for fixative, which means that colours remain vibrant and fresh once applied. It has the added bonus of being gentle on both fingers and blending tools. It is acid free and lightfast.
  • Pastelmat is ideal for use with all dry media, Pastel Sticks, PanPastel, Pencils and Charcoal.
  • It is also water resistant which means that it can be used with wet media – such as Acrylics and Watercolour for washes and mixed media techniques.
  • The effortless smudging with your fingers on the velvety surface is very gentle on the fingers.
  • The paper is 100% natural, an organic surface made from vegetable cellulose without the addition of chemical abrasives. The less rough surface also produces very little pastel dust when working.
  • Clairefontaine Pastelmat Paper thickness is 360gsm.
  • Pastelmat Pads are assortments of up to 4 colours each.
  • Larger sheets of single colour are also available.
  • Acid-free & lightfast.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Pad Size: 30cm x 40cm


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Pastelmat stands out as a top tier surface meticulously designed for pastel enthusiasts. Its distinctive velvety texture, crafted from a delicate layer of cellulose fibers, adeptly catches and retains multiple layers of even the most delicate pastels. Pastelmat significantly diminishes the necessity for fixative, ensuring that applied colours maintain their vibrancy and freshness. It proves gentle on both fingers and blending tools. This exceptional paper finds its perfect match with all dry media, including Pastel Sticks, PanPastel, Pencils, and Charcoal. It’s water-resistant quality opens up new possibilities, allowing compatibility with wet media such as Acrylics and Watercolour for washes and mixed media techniques.

Pastelmat Features:
• Unique velvety surface with excellent grabbing power
• Holds many layers of pastel colour
• Reduces the need for fixative
• Gentle on fingers & tools
• Premium card weight (360gsm / 170lb)
• Use with wet and dry media
• Acid Free
• Archival
• Lightfast
• Water-resistant

Pastelmat FAQ’s:
Is Clairefontaine Pastelmat suitable for pastel work?
Answer: Absolutely! Clairefontaine Pastelmat is specially designed for pastelists, offering a unique surface that grabs and holds multiple layers of pastels, whether they’re soft or firm.

Can I use watercolours on Clairefontaine Pastelmat?
Answer: Yes, Clairefontaine Pastelmat is water-resistant, making it suitable for watercolour techniques. It allows for washes and mixed media applications.

Is fixative necessary when working with pastels on Pastelmat?
Answer: Pastelmat significantly reduces the need for fixative, preserving the vibrancy and freshness of pastel colours without compromising their quality.

How many layers of pastels can Pastelmat hold?
Answer: Pastelmat’s velvety surface is adept at holding multiple layers of pastels, ensuring that artists can build up rich textures without worrying about saturation.

Is Pastelmat gentle on blending tools?
Answer: Yes, Pastelmat is known for being gentle on both fingers and blending tools, providing artists with a comfortable and effective working surface.

Does Clairefontaine Pastelmat work well with coloured pencils?
Answer: Yes, Pastelmat is suitable for use with coloured pencils, offering a versatile surface that accommodates various dry media.

Can I apply wet media, like watercolor washes, directly on Pastelmat?
Answer: Absolutely! Pastelmat’s water resistant nature allows artists to apply wet media, including watercolour washes, providing flexibility for mixed media projects.

How does Pastelmat handle multiple types of pastels, such as PanPastel and traditional pastel sticks?
Answer: Pastelmat is compatible with a range of pastels, including PanPastel and traditional pastel sticks, offering artists the versatility needed for their preferred medium.

Is Pastelmat suitable for detailed pastel work?
Answer: Yes, Pastelmat’s fine coating of cellulose fibers provides a unique surface that is perfect for detailed pastel work, allowing artists to achieve intricate and precise results.


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