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This section looks at the different surfaces available to Coloured Pencil users Tests of pastel papers will come third in the order of progress and may not be considered until 2019 Most pastel papers will be suitable for pastel pencil use, though the pencils usually work a more detailed style and this will look for the smoother finished papers. A lot of the older papers have a grain to hold the pastel in place. This does not help the pastel pencil artist who is looking for a fine detail and a smoother surface Canson Mi Tientes has been a stalwart of the pastel surfaces for many years. it has a regular lined grain to it Hahnemuhle Lana Paper is excellent though there is still a grain to the surface that can cause problems Daler Rowney Murano also has a pronounced grain Fabriano Tiziano is yet another traditional grained paper Derwent produced a special pastel paper in pad form for a while, but this was discontinued in 2016 ( regretably, as it had a good surface for pastel pencil) I will look at a selecton of these papers and also some of the more modern specialist surfaces From previous experience, I have found the non-paper surfaces to be excellent for pastel pencil use.   These include Clairfontaine’s Pastelmat  ( France) : a cork faced board which comes with a protective semi transparent top paper layer. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT if expensive paper and the one I use for my own work. The surface is smooth enough to use for coloured ( wax) pencil and secure enough to use for watercolour pencils. The worked pastel surface is also secure enough to not require fixing provided it is framed quickly. Hahnemuhle’s Pastelfix ( Germany) : again a cork powder surface bonded to a thinner card Colourfix board and primers from Art Spectrum ( Australia ) : a grit surface permanently bonded to the card ( or in bottle as a primer for your own board surface). Hermes industrial abrasive paper (Germany) :  Light buff coloured with a fine grit surface Fisher 400 (UK) : a purpose made fine grit paper which takes a wet treatment without damage. UArt Sanded pastel paper from the USA in 400 and 600 grade grit All these papers are a long way from the old pastel card of 10 years ago that had to be kept dry otherwise the surface would lift . I discovered this when trying to complete a pastel picture, ‘En Plein Air ‘ with hay fever. Another, non grit surface you may like to try, is mount board.   I have completed satisfactory pictures using Daler Rowney Ingres finish mount board in cream.  I will include that in my testing You have plenty of time to think about this question…… Do any of my readers have a favourite pastel surface for detailed work using pastel pencils? Let me know, and I will try and incorporate as many as possible in the testing.
Latest update here is November 2018