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?

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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.

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