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Homemade fixative for chalk pastel?

Here are some additional recipes to complement fixer1234's extensive answer: The easiest and most likely candidate for a homemade fixative is milk. Van Gogh protected a lot of his drawings using ...
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Why aren't there mechanical pastel pencils?

I don't know much about pastel pencils--so there could be something like a mechanical pastel pencil out there, and if so, hopefully someone will answer this question with information about such a ...
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How do I prevent chalk pastel from getting smudged?

Once you've finished your work, if you need to protect it from being smudged, use Fixative Spray that is made for specifically this purpose. Hairspray will also work in a pinch. Only do this once you'...
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

I'd suggest you use white acrylic ink with either a dip pen or a fine pointed brush (whatever suits you better).
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Homemade fixative for chalk pastel?

It will be easier for people to offer relevant answers if we know your constraints; what you want to avoid. I would think lots of clear spray finishes could work in a pinch (hair spray, clear paint-...
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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?

You will see a dulling or muting of the colors if you use fixative, which is why many pastel artists will actually “fix” in stages. Personally I like to build up muted color layers and use my ...
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Charcoal and Pastel Drawing Storage

I would lean toward using acid-free tissue paper. It comes in all sizes and you can cut out sheets large enough to separate your drawings. I think this is similar to what my sisters use. Of course ...
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How can I blend soft pastels without removing too much colour?

I'm not sure why it is lightening: is the paper showing? Does the paper have enough 'tooth' or grip to begin with? How hard are you pressing into the paper and pastel? I've found gentle pressure with ...
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How can I use soft pastels with an easel?

You use a drawing board. When I was in high school we used these for our drawings and paintings all the time whether using an easel or sitting at a table. It allows you to easily move the paper around ...
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Why aren't there mechanical pastel pencils?

I agree with @magerber. There are a couple reasons why. 1: It's soft. Having it in such a small diameter would most likely break it. 2:You want a wider tip for coloring areas like that. Have you ...
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Cheap sanded pastel paper?

Perhaps you could make your own version by mixing up a ground that you could paint onto less expensive paper. I am pretty sure Golden makes things that you can mix into their acrylic mediums to add ...
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Pastel fixative

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 ...
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Pastel fixative

I don't 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. It's a final fixative, and it gives a matte ...
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Light fastness in NuPastel

TL;DR About a quarter to a third of the pastel colours visibly change when exposed to natural light for a period of several months. Among pastels (of any brand), reds and pinks seem to suffer the ...
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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?

My life-long spouse has had great experience with this medium. When queried, she said hair spray is far less expensive than the commercial solutions. It's probably a good idea to test the stuff on a ...
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Recipe to Make Pastel Ground/Primer with Marble Dust

I would look into a mixture of gum arabic dissolved in buttermilk, chalk whiting, a bit of almond oil and your marble dust, add your pigment and a drop of clove oil to keep the organic from going off. ...
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

Use a spray fixative such as this one to fix the pastel etc. to the page. This way, the artwork stays on the paper, leaving you to put anything you wish on top. A cheaper alternative that some say ...
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

I use white paint with a fine tip brush (0 size) or a white correction pen to add the white details.
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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?

Separate the works with a spacer (an art-class classmate built a box using corflute with a set of vertical 10mm balsa spacers in the corners with rounded tops to keep them separate and help guide the ...
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Preserving chalk pastel artworks?

Also if you don’t want it smudge when putting it in a book or a pile of other papers try using baking paper over the top to stop it transferring onto other pages/paper
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Pastel Chalks for smokey effect

Pastels, that is chalk pastels, are easy and beautiful media for blending or creating translucent effects like smoke, as you know. However, they are fragile and will blow away or fall off if not ...
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