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    Fixative for Pastels?

    I'm just curious if there is anything that you can use on pastels so it won't smear, as you can use hair spray on pencils. Anyone?


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    i got this spray from pearl that supposedly works on chalk pastels. it works on my charcoal but havent tried on the pastels yet. POH YEAH!!!

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    I had a teacher tell me once if you want to be safe with the longtivity of your drawings you probably shouldnt use a spray fixative. Just get it behind glass as soon as possible before something smears it.

    No one has seen what happens to the images with spray applied to them over a long period of time. It could prove to last forever or it could yellow your image and destroy the paper. I would guess the latter of the two.

    if that all doesnt matter to you, just go wiht one of the matte spray finishes. I think there are a few different ones, just hit up your local art store and see what the labels say. Sorry i couldnt answer your question spot on but i thought i would throw out the above.

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    the advantages to fixative is that your drawing won't smudge and it won't get everything all dirty. however I've found that it really dulls the pastel colors and ruins some of the blending. I think the best way to go is with a workable fixative. It will still be alittle messy, but good enuf without ruining the colors too much

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    i agree with anubis. there is this workable fixative that i use, just forgot the name. im not at myhouse right now, but i'll check up on it once i get home , hehe. and yeah, don't use hairspray.

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    It appears Lord Wada (my art teacher ) had some fixative stuff I used. It did seem to make it look "dull" almost. Sadly .

    Thanks you guys!

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    ah! no solid fixative! just use a workable fixative, maaaaaybe a normal fixative on something super messy like black, even then it loses its velvety look

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    try krylon workable fixative. you can get it at most michael's craft store.

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