When working with pastels, you have to consider not only the tools in your hands but also the surface you’re working with. Pastel paper, which is textured and thicker than copy paper, can make or break your final artwork. A good-quality sheet should have excellent grabbing power, with enough tooth to hold on to the pigments of your pastel. The amount of grain to choose, though, will depend on whether you are working with oil or chalk, dry or wet, and how many layers you intend to build up. Pastel paper is sold in pads as well as sheets, which are a convenient form for ready-to-display work. Our picks below will help you find your go-to brand for the latter.
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