I bought a set of chalk pastels (AKA soft pastels) at Michael’s for five dollars and fell in love with them. I’d like to invest in some higher quality ones someday, but for now they will do the job. My favorite technique is to rub them with my fingertips on chipboard. In case you are not familiar with chipboard, it is the material jigsaw puzzles are usually made of. The gray backside of the puzzle pieces has the texture I’m referring to. Here are some of my soft pastel on chipboard experiments. The bunny is my favorite because the combination of media created the perfect texture for a well-loved stuffed toy. Instead of fixative spray, I used cheap hairspray to set the chalk.