Charcoal paper has a textured, toothy surface specifically designed to grab and hold the pigment of the charcoal stick. Charcoal paper is available in white or assorted colors. Charcoal can also be used on most other drawing papers, especially pastel paper, which is also features a highly textured surface and is available in a wide range of colors. Pastel paper is thick, highly textured, toothy paper available in a variety of colors. The texture of the paper is designed to grab and hold the pigment from the pastel stick.