Yesterday I purchased some Prisma Colored pencils. I love them because of the boldness of their color and the ease of blending with your fingers. I just love the colors! I created this little Egyptian Princess/Queen with the pencils. I used water soluble oil pastels to create the background. I used gold leaf to create her jewels. Instead of my normal water color paper, I purchased some Strathmore Bristol Smooth which is supposed to be good for pencil, pen and ink. I liked the smoothness of the paper. It made it easier on my pencils. However, if you like the textured look, the watercolor paper does help that.