Hahnemuhle Velour Pastel Paper


  1. Hi Lorraine,

    Enjoyed reading your article. I’ve tried using Hahnemuhle Velour pastel paper with mixed results. Like you say it’s great for revealing detail and texture in paintings but it’s not the easiest material to work with. I might give it another go with the Faber-Castell Polychromos pastel sticks you mentioned.

    Will visit the blog from time to time to see some of your new work.


    1. Hi Russell,

      I’m glad you have enjoyed reading my article. I really recommend using Faber-Castell Polychromos pastels on the velour. It makes all the difference. I’ve read that another artist has been framing her pastels directly with the glass on top of the painting for over 30 years now to avoid any “drop off issues”. It’s something I am going to look into, as I love Unison pastels, they have lovely colours and it would be nice to get back to using those too! Enjoy your painting. Best wishes Lorraine

  2. I thought I’d like this velvet paper because of the velvet tooth. The pastel doesn’t smear like regular pastel paper which is a big plus but it is almost impossible to erase on it. it’s also expensive. I think it will be a little difficult for people who have no experience in painting

    1. Hi Zelda, It is a lovely paper to work on. It’s been my favourite paper for over 20 years.
      You are right, it is almost impossible to erase on it. I find masking tape will lift off some of the pastel, but doesn’t erase everything.
      It is best to do your sketch on other paper and then transfer onto the velour.

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