Yikes!! A student of mine gave me a piece of "velour" surfaced paper to try out. She said she didn't like it and wanted my opinion of how it works. It was so different from the sanded surfaces I use, I can't even form an opinion. I found this surface lost more pigment than it retained unless I really rubbed it in hard. Yet, the conventional wisdom on this paper is that the fibers hold a lot of pastel. So, I guess there's a technique out there I need to figure out. My rubbing made for an irritatingly soft treatment, which I could live with as an under-painting, but since I can't add any definition (because the paper doesn't take much pastel) I can't really "finish" it.
Clearly I'm doing something wrong ... anyone with experience on this paper?