Yes, pastel papers can be used with other dry media, such as charcoal, coloured pencils, and graphite. However, wet media such as watercolour or ink on pastel paper is not recommended as it may cause the paper to buckle or warp.
Most pastel papers are acid-free and pH-neutral, which helps prevent yellowing and fading over time. However, it's always best to check the manufacturer's specifications to ensure the paper is acid-free before purchasing.
Pastel papers are designed to be used straight out of the package. However, some artists prefer to apply a fixative spray or lightly sand the surface to create an additional tooth for the pastel pigment to adhere to.
Yes, pastel pencils can be used on pastel papers, but their application may vary depending on the texture of the article. Smooth pastel papers work well with pastel pencils, while textured pastel papers may require more pressure to achieve the desired effect.
Soft pastel papers have a relatively flat surface with little texture, making them ideal for detailed, precise work. Textured pastel papers have a rough, toothy surface that holds more pastel pigment and creates a more blended, painterly effect.