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What materials do I use to create your hand-painted pet portrait? All is explained below. Through years of using different artist materials, I have come up with my favorite artist-quality items......the ones that produce the best results for your custom pet portraits, ensuring that your pet portraits will look amazing for many years to come! 


Clairefontaine Pastelmat ; Pastelmat is a premium card surface (360gsm / 170lb) specially developed for pastelists. 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.
It also comes in a more sturdy 1.8mm board option which I may  use with pastels to stop movement. Because of the finish fixative is not usually required, which means that colours remain vibrant and fresh once applied.  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 watercolour washes and mixed media techniques can be used.

Other sanded papers ; Uart 400,500,600 and 800 grade. (All ph neutral/acid free and archival quality)

Watercolour paper ; top quality Hot Press finish such as Arches ( French, traditional mould made 100% cotton fibre and is acid-free ). Saunders Waterford (British, mould made 100% cotton, acid free and archival).  and Fabriano Artistico (Italian mould made, 100% cotton, chlorine and acid free. Contains no optical brighteners or chlorine, is acid free and pH neutral). 

Paper ; Stonehange 250 gsm vellum ( 100% cotton, with a smooth, flawless, slightly mottled surface to resemble vellum. Acid-free).

Faber Castel Polychromos ; the finest oil-based colour pencils on the market. Each pencil has a 3.8mm lead which is coloured with high-quality artists' pigments suspended in an oil-based binder. Encased in break resistant Californian cedar-wood, water-resistant, smudgeproof and has exceptional covering power. Good for detailed work. The 120 colours which are graded good, very good or maximum for light-fastness.
Caran D'Ache Luminance ; These are some of the most lightfast and permanent coloured pencils ever made.  They have intense pigment concentration and a creamy texture, with 61 of the 76 colours in the Luminance range achieving the highest award (Lightfastness I) under the standard ASTM D-6901. Every shade has been formulated using finely-ground pigments chosen for their purity, intensity and resistance to UV light.
Caran D'ache Pablo ; oil based with a high degree of lightfastness
Derwent Lightfast ; These are oil based, smooth and creamy with a beautiful laydown of rich colour. They have been formulated as 100% lightfast, this unique coloured core combats the effects of UVA-radiation and maintains the longevity of colours on permanent display.
Derwent Drawing ; wax based and lightfast.

Stabilo Carbothello pastel pencils ; high lightfastness.
Faber Castell Pitt pastel pencils ; excellent lightfastness.
Caran D Ach pastel pencils ; most with good or excellent lightfastness.
Derwent Pastel pencils ; High Excellent lightfastness
Rembrandt ; soft pastels made in the Nederlands by Royal Talens. Good to highest degree of lightfastness.
Panpastels ; these unique pastels come in pans for application by sponge. Excellent lightfastness.
The brands of watercolour that I use is mostly Daniel Smith but also some Schminke and Winsor Newton. The Gouache is mostly Schminke and Winsor Newton. 

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