A colorless medium that protects charcoal, pencil, pastel, and chalk drawings. Specially formulated to reduce smudging and dusting. Dries rapidly. Aerosol can enable easier & even applications.
Making the most of fixative;
Pastel pictures are fragile as the particles on the paper are not surrounded by a binder. A coat or two of fixative will give that little bit of protection, saving the picture from smudging in a portfolio or if brushed against by mistake.
A light coat of fixative will also help to stop pastel dust from sticking onto the glass once the picture is framed. A coating of fixative improves the lightfastness of pastels, this is particularly recommended for any colors which are ‘B’ rated. Too much fixative however will cause considerable color change to a pastel picture as the fixative wets out the pigment.
Using aerosol fixative:
Avoiding Color Change:
Some styles of pastel work look best without fixative and some artists just don’t like working with it. Here are some methods which will reduce the fragility of unfixed pictures;