Everything you need to know about Clairefontaine Pastelmat Paper


Clairefontaine developed Pastelmat to meet the specific expectations of the most demanding pastel artists. However, this surface is also ideal for pencil and charcoal.

Pastelmat is available in the original 170 lb (360 gsm) sheets and also in a heavyweight 1800 micron (1.8 mm) mountboard that provides a rigid surface ready for framing.

Pastelmat's single and original surface is a true innovation that combines the advantages of two traditional papers. The fine particles are sufficiently well-fixed for a smooth surface and comfort of use, and the smoothness of the cork grain in the adhesive ensures longevity.

The character "fixing" of this surface is so extraordinary that the positioning of multiple layers of pastels and the realization of flat tints, precise details, or delicate and transparent veils are easily achieved. 

The use of fixative is not necessary with Pastelmat. The rigidity, weight, and non-acidity, as well as the paper's light-resistance, guarantee conservation of your artwork. However, it is recommended that a sheet of acid-free translucent paper be placed over finished artworks created on Pastelmat.

Pastelmat's are acid free, archival, lightfast and water-resistant. They are Ideal for use with: Soft Pastel, PanPastel ®, Pencil & Charcoal.

  • Unique velvety surface with excellent grabbing power
  • Holds many layers of pastel colour
  • Reduces the need for fixative
  • Gentle on fingers & tools
  • Premium sheet weight (360gsm / 170lb) and 1800 micron (1.8 mm) mountboard
  • Use with wet and dry media

Please note: Due to inherent differences in computer monitors, colours displayed on the below colour chart may not accurately represent the actual colour.

Clairefontaine Pastelmat colour swatch


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