Pastel is a beautiful medium combining drawing and painting. It enables you to make quick drawing sketches on the canvas, needs only very little preparation, whilst same time yielding the rich layers and depth of colours of paint. The result is outstanding – not for nothing was pastel the favourite medium of Degas, Millet and Manet, frequently used by Monet, Chagall and Toulouse-Lautrec. This medium allows easy blending of lines and tones – and is very easy to correct which is a mercy to beginners. I use often to prepare my panel if I don't chose pastel paper pads. The panels are of carton which is the backside of any drawing/ painting pad or also wooden panels which I prepare with acrylic paint in a color which would let my pastel colors "sing" . Often i choose a dark color as background to bring the shine of the tones more out than when the canvas is white. Basically you can apply any color besides white or black to your canvas and I choose to add acrylic to my primer so the pastel color then doesn't sink to much in as it does when choosing just paper. Sometimes, for to receive a more rough structure of the surface she mixes wood shavings or sand into the primer.