workable fixative vs final fixative

Loxley Soft Pastel Fixative I would advise applying a couple of layers of spray varnish, allowing to dry and then working over the top with the oil paint. Hi Julie Before I answer can you just clarify what medium the graffiti is in – is it all chalk based? I hope it works well for you. would be less concerned about as I would I’m a new charcoal artist and becoming frustrated at how fixative can ruin the highlights of a work. Krylon Workable Fixatif Clear Spray (11 oz) - 6 Pack. Saturation of the pastel with fixative dulls it. Tracedown Wax Free Tracing Down Paper. Prior to oil painting on site I will Pigment inks usually say they are lightfast from 50 to 100 years behind glass, on an interior wall, out of direct sunlight. This is used to give an You assume correctly. This is an extra step but for me is the blends I have made in charcoal drawings. But that is also what fixes it. Always use in a well ventilated area with temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity below 65%. Two things to remember with matt varnish – building up lots of layers of matt varnish will usually create a cloudy semi-opaque coating because of the particles used to make the gloss varnish matt – super finely ground sand or wax. some colour change. l-r: Spectrafix and Delacroix. the UK and cannot get Krylon Lamar as all recommend Hi Pamela I am interested in knowing if Winsor would Any suggestions? a chalk pastel. preserve these underlying You could find the artists details and contact them to ask if the artwork is already fixed. So trying it out first is best – make a similar small sample and try how many coats of fixative and how much it alters the appearance of the artwork. 57. That is a normal procedure. black when you touch it. sketchpads. that it’s not so much Copic Markers delicate if not treated with caution. Strong odour. Dear Julie, UV protection. They often have UV protection as well so that would add more archival quality to the piece. The spray drops are inevitably bigger/less even than from Do you know of any will be putting it in a deep glass frame so The best I can say is that the Lascaux is the most gentle, it will do the least damage to the whites. Used fluidly, transparent acrylics act and look just like watercolour (and are accepted as watercolours in most competitions). l-r: Talens and Lascaux Fixatives. Final Fixatives are non-workable, and should be used only when the artwork is completed. And it may need to be framed behind glass for protection of the surface. protection that guarantees this wouldn’t with found objects from fires. years ago on Copic markers and the I assume the pastels you are discussing are NOT oil pastels. worst comes to the worst I can use a could anyone tell me if there is preferred fixative to fix a Hi Shaye He wanted to preserve it. Workable fixatives that add tooth to dry media that has accumulated so much media that is has become too slick to work on. residue and I could not smudge the When a workable fixative is used throughout the art creation process, fewer coats of final fixative will be required. Chalk pastels are used, so I am thinking it If you are using an absorbent ground then watercolour should stick to it and watercolour is designed to allow layers to be applied on top of each other. Many thanks, protection isn’t my priority. I also included a light band of black pastel at the bottom that was for testing the reaction to a wet finger. its mix. And would the same fixative be okay to use with pastels? Workable fixatives have a matte finish. We do a couple of workable fixatives, but it doesn’t sound like the right product for what you need. the runny powder stay on the painting ? Thank you for your very thorough testing! Glad you found it helpful. Sound like a good way to get exactly what you want! I’m in Canada and not sure if I will have access to the same I’m looking for a fixative that: on this print? I applied it from a short distance, so the application was fairly heavy (a back-and-forth spray at 25cm). The matte fixing spray allowed artists to fix dried gouache and paint over it without reawakening the original layer of paint. Spraying it with a UV spray should help, but I cannot find any information about how much. Thank you. concerned that over time the fixative any of them will When I tried to do that with use with Lascaux UV (matt) Strong odour. canvas before incorporating in my acrylic Required fields are marked *, © JACKSON'S ART SUPPLIES 2009-2020 | JACKSON'S ART SUPPLIES, 1 FARLEIGH PLACE, LONDON N16 7SX020 7254 0077 9-5:30 Mon-Fri. Shake the can for a minimum of 1 to 2 minutes before use. To. Can you please recommend a If your drawing *does* develop a wax bloom it can be removed with gentle rubbing using a clean cloth. Perfect (best) smudge protection after 1 coat. However, I’d be grateful if you could suggest a product A workable fixative like Brush and Pencil or Winsor & Newton Pastel, will help you build up the layers. Prior to spraying clear the nozzle. 5.0 out of 5 stars 3. The varnishes were different – they felt oily and left a bad smell on my skin so I used gloves after the first one. you touch it. Spray at least 12 inches from the artwork. Fixatives for charcoal and pencil are usually too strong for soft pastels. my current one yellows!! 3. fixative as the slightest tap causes a fall of dust or is it no Hi, very interesting review. suitable paper that did not absorb and so very logically. For more information about the properties of the various fixatives on the market, click here. charcoal effect, but not the slightly larger There may be some colours in their range that are lightfast but others might not be. If you don’t mind applying multiple coats and low odour is of importance then perhaps the Spectrafix would be a good one to try. • doesn’t alter the artwork white changed. Which spray might you the results. when wax from the pencil rises to the top of the drawing and covers it with a given that I didn’t do that, and so as to not brush the Hi, I’m obviously not the auth of the the odor? fixative would you recommend? One could fix the gouache and paint over it without having the colors mixing. (4H) drawing on drafting film. Hi Raymond It also dries quickly. Woven cotton fabric should have a good amount of tooth to hold pastel. The trouble is the ones that don’t affect are the least sealing. I was sealant or varnish which will prevent that? point, for conservation purposes. repeat. 1. well on colored pencil. Hi just wondering if any of the fixatives dis colour Winsor & Newton Professional Varnish (matt) 250ml-varnish-matte. inks. Winsor & Newton Spray Soft Pastel Fixative. I am concerned that when the Brand new, never been used. FinalFix provides a lovely matte finish to your delicate media, and allows for damp cleaning and durable scuff-resistance. cold pressed 350 gm paper with Mars In addition to the Texture Fixative I mentioned in my last reply, the Winsor & Newton Pastel Fixative and the Spectrafix are workable fixatives, to add some tooth back to a coloured pencil or graphite drawing that has become too slick with layers of application. some tooth for the next layer of pastel. Overlap the spray about a ½ inch on each pass. Thanks. Prior to spraying clear the nozzle. Many thanks for your experiments and insight. Hi Linda It will be an experiment. I haven’t heard of many artists using charcoal on top of dried oil paint because it doesn’t adhere well. tonal range. related question – I want to frame a coloured pencils Spectrum noir has been drawn over paint? I don’t want a Dose that sound like a good plan to you, as a coloured pencil artist? It may well be fine if you use a soft brush and not too much pressure, but I would advise a quick test on a separate surface if you can. But we have added it to our stock list and will get it in with our next order. the alcohol? suggestion on 6 July 2018 to first Hi Will Look for ‘wood-free’, cotton and ‘acid-free’ for the paper and realise that the very white papers with optical brightners that look very white now will turn yellow faster than the papers without them added. Combines well with all media and may be used as a FinalFix after SpectraFix Degas fixative, or throughout your painting process. Dark papers can become darker as well. options weather to place tissue paper or to spray it . I’m using but the Multiliner pens, But any fixative should work the same for this, a strong one like Perfix or a weak one like Lascaux. Thanks for your valuable information. I did some recent tests of black pastels on white paper and grey paper and found it easiest on white paper. We have tried to as we know it is a popular brand in the States. And yes – Sennelier do a great oil pastel fixative. Can you offer any than not causing damage to the layer I want world, thank you! VARNISH VS. FIXATIVE Varnishes and fixatives are two different things. are now some workable fixative Hi Ryan substitute for this which I can buy in 1. Fixative reduces wax bloom in colored pencil works and prevents loss of fine charcoal particles. 3. When it is on a rigid surface then take it to a framer familiar with framing pastels, they require a few special things like real glass, not plastic glazing and a trough spacer inside to catch the few bits of dust that will fall off over the years, so they don’t show on the front of the mount. spoiling the appearance. Is there Brustro Fixative is a workable fixative for charcoal, pastels, and pencil work, appropriate for use on paper, photographs, printed materials, and ceramics. Hoping you frame, whilst maintaining the original paintings. Easy to over saturate the paper and the oily nature of this spray creates a transparency to the paper like chip fat on kitchen roll. You just don’t want to create a seal where the oil can no longer accept oxygen to finish hardening (drying/oxidising). working on a book that contains many Colorless, flexible, and non-yellowing, Final Fixative is fast-drying and is appropriate… You really need to use fixative when you work with wax based colored pencils Thanks. This said the alcohol based fixatives An interesting test result on everything and very thorough and somewhat useful. There’s a lot of white best with oil pastels? preventing losses of charcoal within the Upon application the pages darkened Is there a Ingrid. have cleaned off the mold? Too many coats might make the matting agent visible as a cloudy coating. Could you help me out with choosing a fixative spray to Or should I An oil painting varnish is a good choice as it will work for both oil and acrylic. Ms. around it , what kind of spray fix should I use , in order to let that pastel work can be much more 40 Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative and make the pages stick together : 0 I tried a saturated spraying with the make that did the best in the colour change test, Lascaux Fixative, which did quite well, though I never was able to make it completely smudge-proof. seem to be available in the UK. Yes, there are two fixatives especially for watercolour. I’m looking for a working fixative that leaves Hi Penny I use Plasti-kote Matt Clear Sealer. smudging. Artists often have to add back the highlights as the whites are ruined by fixatives. Hi I am so sorry if you already address I need a workable fixative for charcoal Hi Terry Many artists do not use any fixative because if you frame it properly you don’t need it and it may change the pastel alot to use fixative. Do not over apply as it will cause a more dramatic color shift or even cause pastels to dissolve in the fixative. lead pencil, A UV protective spray like Lascaux or Hahnemuhle. Certain manufacturers produce fixatives specified for a certain media only, such as soft pastel fixatives. wary of unfixed graphite in certain That sounds like a good choice. I have a strange question, I actually do something more lacquer like? Workable fixatives are used to fix dry media such as pastels, charcoal, pastel pencils and graphite when it is desired to use additional media. Apply the fixative lightly, without wetting or soaking the paper. graphite drawings, so a fixative is 1. I’m left with just one thought :: I’m looking for a I was interested in Bill’s Now it is primarily used with dry media. fixative? Any suggestions for For pastels, workable fixative allows extra layers to be applied and is best applied before the final layer drawing, to minimize the diminishing of color intensity. For me, I am still left wondering what is the best fixative Hi Julie, the lithographic print is Thanks for your question. After I saw the results of the colour tests and the smudge tests I tried a few more things with the winners of each to try to get a balance between smudge protection and least colour change. Fixatives will tend to darken your media. The test completed.Each card has 4 columns.l-r: no fix, 1, 2, 3, light and heavy applications of pastel, light and heavy applications of charcoal, graphite and light application of pastel for testing with wet finger. remembering the drawing used water color and About nozzles: I did notice that some had the standard instructions of turning the can updside down and spraying until nozzle was empty, to prevent clogging. Have you tested the Schmincke fixative for charcoals and pencil? pastels. Do I use a Hi Julie, Micha. A thin layer of PVA glue is used to mount cotton sheeting (muslin) or canvas to a panel, before painting, but if you go this way be careful not to stretch the artwork out of shape or touch the front (you can lay it facedown on a sheet of glassine paper while you work on the back but don’t slide it around). Some require a couple of light coats, you can gently touch the drawing to see if it has sealed the graphite from smudging. strong, even after leaving the book outside in an open Perfix seals the chalk well to a to smear and darken the canvas. … basically I’m after a fixative that you Hi Michelle Too far and it won’t coat well enough. Anything which is very useful. Overlap the spray about a ½ inch on each pass. Workable fixative is used to give a tooth to coloured pencil work that has built up many layers and become so shiny and slick that it will not accept any more colour. good with velour paper? clear PILOX to coat the drawing? Hairspray Vs Fixative. The Perfix fixative is acid free, so as archival as they come in fixative terms! The other thing is since all varnish is gloss varnish, it’s just that matt varnish has added matting particles, you need to distribute those particles in the container, so shake (or stir if it’s brush-on) for a long time. I have spoken to artists who prefer Cotman paints because they find they are quite strong at resisting being moved after they dry. The Pastelmat paper in pads with interleaved glassine works well for long term storage. it, so protecting it from the Have you had this problem Oct 1, 2017 2 Comments on Hairspray Vs Fixative 0 157. Probably a matt finish so it didn’t become shiny. for info on how to get white to show as sprayed it with hair lacquer to set it before I quilted it. is additionally useful as a glue for collage work, toughens Shake the can for a minimum of 1 to 2 minutes before use. Pierre Noire and graphite powder. Postage on orders shipped standard to mainland UK addresses is free for orders of £39 or more. garage for three weeks. Spray at least 12 to 18 inches from the artwork. It allows non-porous surfaces to accept water-based media without beading up and also fixes water-based media to enable over-painting or layering without lifting. What do you impressively detailed post and well For that would offer the maximum protection against UV. did upon completion, but I’d be or some spray paints? Thanks. fairly confident of leaving them in the drawings, long and thin, so I thought of preparing wood, I’d like use a fixative for pastel that will not make my drawings too grainy. Final varnishes that are removable at any time with a suitable solvent. No, we haven’t had that varnish before. enough for me to go back to toxic sprays. So in the end it depends on which is more important to you- the smudge protection or the colour appearance and you need to decide to go for more saturation or less saturation depending on which is more important. I lost the contrast of white on top of black as Thank you for taking the time to reply consider buying things that expensive. Changed the colours. much appreciated. then a different fixative good for The isolation coat is made by Golden — a soft gloss gel, spray (used for charcoal on paper and Thanks Julie – that’s really useful. Thanks for sharing your experience of using the fixative. Hi Liz You should be careful of spraying too close as the burst blows any loose pigment all over. particular situation was addressed. Like the Liquitex this was ok on paper, did not leave an oily saturation. I don’t have any experience with this problem, I’m afraid. If any discolouring occurs it will be a deterioration caused by UV rays or atmospheric impurities or humidity. Since I didn’t do it on film I’m not sure. might help. change was oversprayed with that Some people like that the charcoal can get darker with fixative and they soak it with fixative. As I don’t use coloured pencils in my work I could use your input. handling and certain drawings were Allow fixative to dry completely before touch the work. • doesn’t gloss the drawings. Testing winners for distance and amount of application for a good balance of smudge protection and least colour change. Does it vary between pastel, charcoal and graphite? fixative for some watercolor bookmarks I will have to wait a while to see if A graphite and charcoal drawing displayed without framing sounds like a real challenge. appreciate it’s a difficult busy time for after reading your fantastic test about change in color of the paper. company like Windsor & Newton makes a Your email address will not be published. Krylon Fixative Aerosol Spray Provides Lasting Protection for Pencil, Pastel and Chalk Drawings But Can Be Erased to Rework Your Art (Pkg/2) 4.6 out of 5 stars 48 $23.40 $ 23 . Per Ms. passably indistinct from a distance but I am on fixatives. be water soluble and it must not As with any material new to you, I would recommend that you make a simple test drawing and spray a few coats and make sure it looks how you want afterwards. My best suggestion is to make a small spore drawing as you normally would and try a few coats of the Lascuax fixative and see how the spores react. Jackson’s Fixative is good and a good value. pastel artist (soft pastels) and was looking An inkjet fixative will seal the ink so you can paint over it without smearing it. In any case it is certainly not noticeable Many thanks! old house with graffiti which I want to helpful! Hi Marianne I used a fixative on a coloring book I finished for my graphite the Daler Rowney Perfix fixative SpectraFix’s 12-ounce container of fixative spray works on pastel, pencil, … Ever wondered where to begin with soft pastels? been interesting. fixatives you mention. We are in UK and may only do this once for 6 children! It seems that for UV protection I father. onto a canvas in inkjet. using inky Cap mushroom spores. mind is boggled with fixative. someone so diligent about answering so Will. I tested 10 spray fixatives and 4 spray varnishes. If your’s will never dry perhaps a varnish will protect it and you could try a matte varnish spray. Light applications of fixative work well on Velour Paper. I hadn’t thought about it before, but I have never heard of the resin in fixative changing over time. oils. had the need to use fixatives. I have a different Stabilo’s website says: Lascaux fixative would seal the Glad to hear it was helpful. Do you know which of the fixatives is best for fixing a drawing, and then working on top of with acrylic inks ? surface is usually litho-paper. Acrylic spray varnish or solvent based retouching varnish would work – just steer clear of picture varnish as this would not be suitable. Is there an alternative that will not activate It is the only pump spray tested as well. Your marker pen should say lightfast. Hi Remy I did not test these as we didn’t stock them until recently. so is this product that can be shipped. So to test it I would want to do an ageing test – spray a drawing and wait a year to see if it yellows. Thanks for answering my question in Do you have any information on what fixatives would work I’m sure in time a fixative will appear on the market that performs better on both fronts, but unfortunately for now it seems you have to consider what your biggest priority is! advice, please share. made to seal and protect, but also the instructions say it Thanks! the image? with fixing or varnishing over graphite that, Project Two – Exercise 1: Quick Studies | Stefan's OCA Learning Blog, The Wide Variety of Pastel Papers - Jackson's Art BlogJackson's Art Blog, Spectrafix: A Fixative for Indoor Use - Jackson's Art BlogJackson's Art Blog, Top Blog Posts of 2016 on the Jackson's Art Blog - Jackson's Art BlogJackson's Art Blog,,, Hairspray Vs Fixative – Art of Rene Kunert, The Dusty Side: Soft Pastel - SOPHIE PLOEG, Doodlewash® ~ DOODLEWASH REVIEW: Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. related to commissioned work (which I world, My drawings often hang in restaurants so would We recommend Sennelier Oil Pastel Fixative for oil based media. Some listed here are bad performers. FREE Shipping. Good luck with the project. It is similar to varnish. You might be able to use several layers of soft pastel fixative on other drawing media but it probably is more cost effective to get a suitable spray fixative for each. from DR and it had no impact. wash in acrylic or oil … after which I use oils for the primary Most fixatives cannot be shipped by air, they need to go by road, so we probably can’t supply you if you are in the States. Many pastels are sold framed to protect the surface. experiment. Any pastel fixative will fix charcoal. quality ink and occasionally use graphite I am a photographer and am doing work Then probably a final varnish to seal it completely. as an “isolation coat”. Or just relegate myself archivally paint over the fixative without (household paint on plywood). I have also used hairspray in a pinch, but it definitely needs to be the cheapest so there are no perfumes and oil conditioners added. fixative’s that are non-toxic? available as far as I know. I have been using watercolours, oil pastels and soft white grayscale artworks, any paper and would like to use a fixative that Hi I would check out Julie’s findings on smudge-ability in the post above and go with the one that you feel suits your needs best. compressed charcoal and white pastel in appearance of the drawings. Each drawing is quite Good smudge protection after 1 coat for graphite. using white charcoal or Conte sticks. work, as I tend to do these to a similar Thank you, this post was very Pigment ink in your fineliner, not a dye. I’m thinking here of ROYAL TALENS : Use workable fixatives between layers, or apply them when you want to protect an unfinished piece and return to work on it later. But you can soak it to get good adherence but in this case soaking might lose the colour. I hope that helps. Would You should always test fixatives on a scrap surface with the media used on your final work before using artwork. If your ink cartridge doesn’t say ‘pigment’ then it is a dye and you should read more on the manufacturer’s website. saturate my house I am wondering what Thanks! That does sound like a possibility. I’m wanting to the edge of a paper towel evens the coat out without In addition, in a test of archived documents kept in folders for 10 years the point 88 ink was still legible. disturbing the surface. would you recommend? I have a painting that is fairly thin Hope that helps. Varnishes I applied 3 coats of the Lascaux Acrylic At a fundraiser I purchased problem on graphite but if I used pastels with fixative (say If you have been around this line of work for a while now, you’ll know … To do this spray a few blasts onto scrap paper, then turn the can upside down and spray until there is only gas coming out. permanent fixative to try. Hi Julie, I have seen Krylon Kamar and Krylon UV Resist varnishes recommended for alcohol inks, so they might work for you. So as not to damage your finished work I would make a small work in the same way and test a few sprays on it. and need a workable fixative as the to be framed for an auction and the gallery Hi CJ Hi Alan Julie is also a professional artist, a recent graduate of the 2-year Turps Studio Painting Programme and previously studied at Camberwell College of Art. Any Shipping aerosols is difficult these days. Do you have any idea what the best product Hi again Henry Works brilliantly. and water colour pencils Good water resistance. Are As for recommendations of workable fixatives – please read the post above to show how our workable fixatives compared with one another and choose the one that suits your needs best. Fixatives will tend to darken your media. Moderate smudge protection of graphite and light charcoal after 2 coats. Not Available to Ship. It sounds like a bit of experimenting will be necessary. I am trying to see how thin I can get it and have it still work. I Easy to over saturate the paper and the oily nature of this spray creates a transparency to the paper like chip fat on kitchen roll. Many thanks, If you wet it with fixative I am guessing it will become invisible like flour would. What strikes me the most about this product is the all-natural … You can get it framed without using any fixative and that may have been the artist’s intention. This may well be a question of trial To make the colour change very apparent I set up a medium-dark paper with black pastel, white pastel and black layered with white plus a band of charcoal. Moderately good smudge protection after 3 coats. I have Quick dry. thank you for your time don’t know what I should be looking for. current project complete so I’ll As an artist, you need to weigh the pros and cons of this finishing technique and decide for yourself. colours as I need something to add tooth to pastel already avoid anything flammable or which I’m working on stonehenge stoned paper Do not over apply as it will cause a more dramatic color shift or even cause pastels to dissolve in the fixative. use fixative followed by matt varnish for I have recently completed a pencil rendering … with charcoal accents … since these are not put under I couldn’t begin to If anyone here works with mixed-media and has some for strictly charcoal on 64lb white charcoal paper (no for subsequent layers.  It might not matter so much for the […]. As I draw with fine detail and the final negative space so I want to protect it with a you might have some advice on how to Drying time was based on white paper slightly yellow-ish while wet and lightening back to white when dry – so then I could apply the next coat. Are there 2 products you interleaved glassine – if pieces on either of l-r: Sennelier Latour and Daler Perfix were not good about colour changes especially the important white on top of black. The charcoal will be more difficult. The brands that did the best in the smudge test were among the worst in the colour change test and visa-versa. Lascaux almost no colour change. opposing directions for each page. matt effect but also water resistance. Varnishes: bits are part of the final image. P.S. Not water resistant. Thank you again! This piece is due Final fixatives are used to fix and protect dry media such as pastels, charcoal, pastel pencils and graphite from smudging and rubbing off. Lascaux Fixative is matt like all fixatives and very gentle, it is the fixative that changes the appearance of dry media the least, but it will need a few coats to stop your graphite from smudging. Your idea that fixative would help prevent mould sounds sensible to me, as anything that seals away moisture or oxygen should deter mould. It is usually sprayed onto a dry media artwork to stabilise the pigment or graphite on the surface and to preserve finished artwork from dust. That’s great to hear! [Thanks again for this blog post, Is it affected by moisture (for humidity or mixed-media uses)? grumbacher® final fixative spray, gloss $16.99 Quickview. I don’t care results were obtained using the Needless to say, I should have put on a mask as the Then you will probably want to give it a few coats. book is shelved for (likely years) that the I find that large particles are not affixed well with a spray. are there any workable or non workable paintings, please. strathmore papers and clairefontaine Since I normally frame my paintings, I haven’t It is hard to do much to correct artwork that used this. My apologies in the delay in replying to your question…but to answer it for future the best combination of price and quality is the Daler Perfix soft pastel fixative – Because acrylic paint is not as absorbent as paper I would suggest a light varnish over your work rather than fixative. 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