It’s Canson to the rescue again! This paper is awesome.
It has a semi-smooth surface and is sturdy enough to take some rough strokes. It is miles above newsprint, which has its own beauty.
It is like having a smooth watercolor paper. I’ve also used this for gouache and acrylic paints. Both adhere very well to it, as does the color from the pastels.
The texture is also very enjoyable to use for charcoal drawings and ink brushes.