Most popular papers
The most popular papers for general pastel and chalk drawing are coloured, textured specialty pastel papers such as Strathmore pure tints, canson Mi-Teintes.
These textured surfaces have a fine, irregular texture pressed in to the surface during the manufacture.
Using the pastels’ versatility…
If you are using pastels you need the correct paper and textured paper is the most popular surface for pastels, but you can also use boards, canvas and even sandpaper.
Surfaces for pastels can mean a whole ton of materials because pastels are incredibly versatile. They can be used on almost any surface as long as there is enough tooth for the pastels to grip.
Hahnemule velour is an artist quality 260gsm pastel paper.
Pastelmat paper which is acid free and archival. It has an acid free backing sheet which has been coated with inert synthetic fibres.
Velour can hold a lot of pastel, it is perfect for pastel artists.
Pastelmat brings new opportunities for pastel artists, offering a coarser surface than velour but a softer surface than sandpaper.
A fine grain sandpaper is also ideal for pastels as it hold the pastel incredibly well.
Drawing paper is heavier, and better quality paper than sketching paper.
Drawing paper is used for sketching and finished work. You can use different mediums on drawing paper such as graphite, charcoal, soft pastels, oil pastels, markers and pen and ink.
Bristol board is an uncoated, machine finished paper board. This is a great surface for pencils, paint, ink, drawing pens airbrush and markers.
Bristol board is a very smooth surface great for detailed work.
Mixed media papers
One of my favourite paper pads is the mixed media pad. This is an artist grade drawing paper that is appropriate for dry and wet media, from pencils to pastels to acrylics.
The multi-ply sheets form a stiff durable surface that can even handle light layers of washes without warping.