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    Cleaning Dust off a Charcoal on Canvas Drawing as well as Repairing and Preserving it

    Hi,

    I have been taking a drawing techniques class, and for our final project, I made a 30x40 inch charcoal on canvas drawing. Unable to transport it home, we left our projects in the classroom for three weeks, but since then dust has collected on my work. How can I safely clean it off?

    The drawing has fixative but charcoal still falls off near the wooden supports of the canvas, and in areas where application was dark and heavy. I want to repair these as well…how can I go about it even if the work already has fixative? How many layers of fixative should I spray?

    Lastly, my mom would like to display this in our house. What can she do to preserve and protect it, from dust, dirt, etc.?

    Here is a picture of the work when it was newly-made:
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    And here is a close-up picture of an area with dust and charcoal falling off:
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    Thanks all! I'm new to charcoal, and it was my first time to work with it on canvas! Was this the right forum to post in as well?


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    Get it under glass asap. Fixative will not stop smudges and excess charcoal falling off. To transport it, use glassine paper to cover it, but gently.

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    Thanks for the advice!

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