I have used a Winsor & Newton fixative for my pastel works. However, when I touch it, the pastel still comes off. Is there any way I can completely fix my pastel paintings? I sprayed fixative several times during painting, and few days after each time that I used it, I painted the new layer on it. And after the painting got completed I also sprayed fixative for one last time.

  • Hi Nafise, we don't do brand recommendations, so I removed that from your question. Welcome to Arts & Crafts! – Joachim May 31 '20 at 10:34
  • Can you link to the exact product you used? And did you apply multiple layers? – Joachim May 31 '20 at 10:45
  • @Joachim Thanks! this is the one I used: amazon.com/Winsor-Newton-Aerosols-Workable-Transparent/dp/… ; I sprayed 3 times between different layers. – user9225 May 31 '20 at 11:31
  • Thank you. Between different layers of pastel, you mean? – Joachim May 31 '20 at 14:06
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    Well, I was wondering if you coated the finished painting/drawing with multiple layers of fixative. And what do you mean with 'pastel painting': are you using oily or dry (soft) pastels? Can you add your working method to you question, step by step? – Joachim May 31 '20 at 17:14

I dont do any work with pastels, but my friend does. I asked her what a good one would be, and she said that the Sennelier fixative works pretty well. Its a final fixative, and it gives a matte finish as well. It works best if you use a few thin coats, drying in between. Its about $16, which is the cheapest one, but its also really good. Good luck with your projects!

  • It sounds great, thank you very much! – user9225 Jun 3 '20 at 7:44
  • No problem. Good luck! – DripKracken Jun 3 '20 at 17:41
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    something else that might work is just a regular clear coat spray. Like the stuff used over paint. – DripKracken Jun 25 '20 at 19:21

No fixative will make pastels totally sealed and irremovable, at least not without totally changing the look of the pastels (typically darkening and dulling them). So it is a balance between protection and look. Fixing will make the under layers workable, strong enough to take layers above without too much mixing, but a pastel drawing will always be fragile.


many pastel artists would not use fixitive on the final stage of their work because of colour changes, but then would frame the finished work under glass to protect its surface.

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