Elephants, soft pastels on ?????

I saw this textured paper at the art store, it had no name on it but was available in white or black for about $4 for a large sheet. So I tried it on on this painting of elephants.

It really didn’t grab the pastels, so I used a lot of spray fixative, but every time I did, the texture would leap out too much. Oddly, when you look at this far away, it looks great, but close up looks like too much texture lines ( vertical only!) . It was hard to get the dust to stick. Details was very difficult also. I used mostly q-tips to blend softly and sometimes dipped in water.

I quite like it though and I continue to force myself to use colour.

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