pan pastels on grey velour paper.
most people haven't tried pan pastels. i discovered them while looking through an art supply site and i'd been working almost exclusively in pastels then, couple of years ago, both chalk and oil, and this new kind of pastel was very exciting. they are dry and like powder or eye shadow. they give you a bunch of little sponges to wipe the powder from the pan onto the paper. wow are there a lot of kinds of really cool paper for them!
it's much more like painting than using other pastels. i use all sorts of different things to use them--toothbrushes, q-tips (cotton buds), eye shadow applicators, natural and manufactured, palette knives, and even things like a kid's art set goofy tools, and fingers of course!
it's incredibly messy but like nothing else i've ever tried.