I use oil pastels and colored pencils on black paper. I love the way
they look on black paper. If the paper shows through the color a bit it
just enhances the color and makes it look richer. I demonstrate
blending and shading with my youngest kids on up, and a big part of my
demo is about creating movement by the way you apply your color. I tell
them that they must outline the edges of their shapes with their color
before they fill in with color to keep their drawings readable when they
color. I demonstrate what those choppy zigzaggy edges look like and how
they make their nice, carefully drawn edges disappear. All kids agree
that not paying attention to edges is the worst thing you can do to your
picture. I also demonstrate how to make furry edges, like dog's tails,
feathers, etc. Not all edges are hard. I tell them that their coloring
MUST show attention to edges, and they must consider the direction that
they apply their color for things like pet fur, flower petals, clouds,
water movement (never up and down for water), the way grass grows, for
contrast with another section, to show radial movement in a background,
etc.) I also tell them that if they scribble or rush they will start
over. I think the black paper will make your colored pencils and oil
pastels look 1,000 percent more exciting with young children. Try it.
One more benefit...no fingerprints from oil pastels on black paper!!!
They can work on white paper when they are older and have more control.