Clairefontaine's Pastelmat® paper, made in France, is a quality product widely appreciated by the greatest pastel artists in the world. Artists have found that this paper gives them exceptional control over the application of mediums, making it popular in the creative community. Unlike traditional Ingres papers, the surface of Pastelmat® is solid and velvety, with a unique texture obtained thanks to cellulosic vegetable fibres. This grainy texture allows the pastel pigments to adhere optimally, resulting in vibrant, deep colors. Additionally, the paper is water and solvent resistant, allowing pastel artists to work with denatured alcohol solutions or other solvents to create underpaintings and build layers on top of them. In comparison to sanded pastel papers, which are made with aluminum oxide and other chemicals to create their grainy texture, Pastelmat® is unique. Additionally, the surface of Pastelmat® allows the pigments to latch deeply, eliminating the need to use fixers to keep the color stable.