Recently I have switched from soft pastels to oil pastels and I am curious if I should use papers with more teeth or a bit smoother or maybe average teeth.

Do oil pastels work better with paper that has more teeth?


Oil pastels work well on paper with a fairly high tooth level. It helps it "grab" the color -- a "toothier" paper is better than a smoother paper.

I'll borrow this diagram I used in a similar answer. You want pretty rough paper (but not quite the roughest), but somewhat smoother than you might have used for regular pastels.

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Oil pastels work well on many surfaces, so I would suggest you try a variety of papers and other substrates and see which you like best.

A usefull site discussing this topic can be found here.

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According to my research oil pastels works on rough surface papers. So you can go with more teeth. But the quality of paper also matters.

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    Welcome to Arts & Crafts, and thanks for trying to help with this question. We strive to have every answer contribute something new. Just confirming what's already been posted is kinda what voting is for. The question asks whether oil pastels work better with more teeth, so just saying you can use such paper doesn't really address what was asked. Also, "But the quality of paper also matters." isn't actionable information. In what way does the quality matter? What does it affect? How do you judge the paper quality? etc. (cont'd) – fixer1234 Nov 28 '19 at 4:31
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    Can you expand your answer to better address the question and provide actionable information that hasn't already been contributed? As-is, your answer might attract downvotes as not being very useful. – fixer1234 Nov 28 '19 at 4:31

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