Canson Mi-Teintes Touch is a new pastel paper to me. Not too long ago I wrote a blog post about the best pastel papers on the market. Fellow artist and friend Jane Gardiner suggested Canson Mi-Teintes Touch which she uses regularly for her drawings. I trust her judgment so put it on my list ‘to try’. Not long after I visited an art supply shop and saw a pad of it and bought it.
Canson Pastel Papers
Canson is a well trusted and long established brand (it’s ‘only’ been going for 450 years). So I would trust any paper by them is good, long lasting and lightfast. Mi-Teintes Touch is a heavy weight card (355gsm), which feels quite similar to my favourite paper Colourfix by Art Spectrum. The Mi-Teintes Touch is a little softer to the touch, like a flat suede. It felt really nice.
Working with Mi-Teintes Touch
I have been working on a small self portrait on a sheet of Flannel Grey Mi-Teintes Touch (hoping to publish a video of the painting process soon, so stay tuned). The pastel slides on it beautifully. The soft surface gives it a real nice ‘touch’ and it blends and layers very well indeed. Although Mi-Teintes Touch is a heavy card, like Colourfix, it cannot take as much punishment as Colourfix. I did notice the ‘tooth’ filling up at some stage. Mi-Teintes Touch can take various mediums such as pencil, acrylic paint, pastel etc. It can take water-based paints and you can use water with your pastel work as well.
Mi-Teintes Touch is miles away from a thinner pastel paper such as the traditional Mi-Teintes or an Ingres paper. It is much sturdier card and the soft tooth will allow you a reasonable amount layering.
The 10 colours of the papers are beautiful and mostly in the grey tones. Some colours are missing though. I would have liked a cream, and some more pink, red or blue colours in the collection.
Jane told me she has done a 2 year lightfastness test with Mi-Teintes Touch paper by hanging it up in her studio. Happily she has noticed no discoouring whatsoever. That is impressive indeed. So we do not have to worry about lightfastness.
Comparison with Colourfix
- Beautiful and soft
- Lovely grey muted colours but some colours missing
- Sturdy card support
- Can take layering but not endlessly
Compare to Art Spectrum Colourfix:
- Has bigger sheets (50x70cm at £5.10)
- Can take more layering
- Has more colours
- Has more tooth and is coarser
- Is slightly more expensive
Canson Mi-Teintes Touch feels gorgeous and is a pleasure to work on. If the colours are good for you, you are after a sturdy heavy weight pastel card, and you don’t need endless tooth, it could be the perfect paper for you.
Have you used Mi-Teintes Touch, then let me and other readers know what you think of it in the comments below!
PS: Art Spectrum Colourfix has a new range of pastel paper called ‘Smooth’, which I have not tried before and which sounds like it is close to the Mi-Teintes Touch.
- read my article on the best pastel papers out there