Recommended surfaces include: sketch paper to high-quality drawing paper, drawing cardboard, transparent paper and colored paper in dark shades including black. Polychromos Color Pencils adhere to many rough surfaces too, such as wood, stone, leather and metal. The pencils are permanent, adhere firmly to their background and do not require fixing. Fixing could cause lower layers of color to bleed through to the surface.
One of the color pencil artists that we have worked with - Wendy Hollender uses the Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils quite often and prefers Stonehenge traditional fine art paper. The advice from this particular artist who creates botanical art, is to use the whitest brightest paper available and that is the lightest value in the art.
The acid-free paper is made in the USA and has a smooth surface that is slightly mottled. With good "tooth" - the paper holds color well. In addition to color pencil work, it can be used with watercolor pencils, inks, charcoals, acrylics and pastels. It is made from 100% cotton fibers. Sheets are available in a variety of sizes in 90 lb or 120 lb weights. Paper pads and spiral pads, ideal for travel and on-site drawings - are also available in the market.