Right now it looks like I may be teaching a workshop on coloured pencil at the request of Impressions Gallery; maybe a pastel and a drawing workshop also. I haven't been doing much with coloured pencil in a while so will need to dust off my box of colours and get a few sheets of archival quality toned mat board (my preferred surface). Some coloured pencil artists are using things like Bestine to manipulate the colours but I think I will probably stay away from those kinds of chemicals as I have allergic reactions when I am overly exposed...say after about ten seconds.
It is possible to make the pencil colours look almost like paint - very smooth and texture free. For me the textural quality is part of the appeal. I'll post when I know if this workshop is a go.