View Full Version : Pastels....

June 1st, 2007, 02:49 PM
When you are done a piece what do you do to make sure it does not smudge?

June 1st, 2007, 02:50 PM
I used hairspray. Not sure how effective it was, but that's what I used. :lol:

June 1st, 2007, 02:55 PM
:lol: ok thanks for the suggestion :D

June 1st, 2007, 03:07 PM
I'm certainly no expert but I've used hairspray as well.

Infinite Muse
June 1st, 2007, 10:18 PM
what are pastels anyway? aren't they like big fat crayons/pencil crayons that smear like chalk, but aren't as dry???
still curious ....

June 2nd, 2007, 08:06 AM
To some extent, you get what you pay for. In hairspray, you can pay a lot for a well-recognized name or for a fragrance that smells nice. For an art spray fixative, you are paying for even dispersion of the spray and a good acrylate coating that will preserve your piece.

Some hairsprays will have the same ingredients as art fixatives, but be wary of the dispersal system (spray). There may be some excellent hairsprays that will serve your purpose. They may or may not cost less than the art spray.

Also, be forewarned that many hairsprays contain hair conditioners, which is usually another name for a natural or synthetic oil. These conditioners could leave grease spots on your art. The oils to avoid are dimethicone, silicone (anyone pretty much), anything 'oil' or 'lubricant', vitamin A or E (both are oil-based), anything ending with 'glycol'.

Be wary of anything listed as a plant extract.

I would think the really inexpensive, no-frills sprays might work well, like maybe White Rain or Final Net or some other hairspray that has been around for several years. Just look for an acrylate in the ingredients. Suspension in alcohol is probably better than in water.

The quality of the chemical isn't any higher in art spray. The concentration might be higher, but I think extra-stiff hairspray would have at least as much. The nozzle or sprayer may be better on the art spray and the formula may have been mixed to deliver an especially fine mist.

From here: http://painting.about.com/od/pastelpaintingfaq/f/FAQhairspray.htm

June 2nd, 2007, 02:16 PM
Infinite Muse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastel and gee I did not know they had pastel pencils that would save me a lot of problems lol :D

Ok looking at the site some more I found Oil pastels do not need a fixative.

These have a soft, buttery consistency and intense colors. They are slightly more difficult to blend than soft pastels, but do not require a fixative.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pastel <<< the picture on this page is the set I last name brand I used in high school.

Thanks for the advice everyone :boing:

June 2nd, 2007, 02:32 PM
I think hairspray is what I have used in the past for pastels. I hope it works!

be well,

June 2nd, 2007, 04:53 PM
Thanks the reason I am looking into this is because I want to take an art medium that is challenging to me out to the park and I cannot do that so easily with oil paints so yep thought this would be the best way to go but wanted to make sure I knew how to protect it first... :)