Hi everyone, as you have seen Ive just started using colours, in the form of pastel pencils, Faber Castell, so not cheap ones, and have found that on a white heavy cartridge paper, that I was told suitable for pastels, went like chewing gum! had to start over as taking it off left the paper grimmy.. any ideas why this happened? plus which are the best supports for doing pastel painted Animal portraits which I can layer well

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Hi Lisa,for animal details especially fine hair,eyes etc I recommend velour paper which is very receptive to artists grade pastel pencils and chalks,buy a sheet,give it a try start lightly and layer gradually.The paper does not have to be white,you can utilize the paper tone to enhance your backgrounds and under paintings.Let me know how it works out,Good Luck,remember we learn from all our efforts ,success comes from patience,persistence,innovation and experience,yours truly David

Thank you John I will give it a go.. Could you tell me, can you sketch out your drawing on it with pencil first. 

regards Lisa

Hiya Lisa,

I'll agree with John and say that a textured surface like velour works best. Velour's great for creating a soft edge, but if you want a crisp edge and like a bit of detail, then check out Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper or board.

You can use a graphite outline, which is OK with dark colours, but with light colours you'll need to erase it as you go, and graphite will always leave a faint line on velour and Pastelmat, no matter how much you try to erase it.

Have you tried Caran d'Ache pencils? As far as I'm concerned they're in a league of their own, but beware, they're laughably expensive.

Mark

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