Puffin Tutorial – Guidance
It is best to use either a sanded or velour paper for pastel paintings – this way you can layer the pastels and create depth to your paintings.
I like to use a smooth sanded paper like PastelMat for subjects which require definition, such as birds and a velour paper for furred subjects such as squirrels or hares, as it creates a soft feel to the finished painting.
Soft pastels are great for blending and Unison Colour pastels are one of my favourite brands as they have strong pigments and blend beautifully – a little goes a long way!
Hard pastels and pastel pencils are great for more defined lines and whiskers.