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What can I expect from a fixative?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to completely fixate the pigment on its support, but there is a lot of difference in quality between brands and purposes. So, yes, you probably have a low-quality or ...
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Paper's preservation (fixative not working)

Paper will yellow over time because of lignin in the pulped wood. Choosing an archival, acid-free fixative means that the fixative itself should not yellow over time. Unfortunately, the primary ...
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Is it really necessary to spray oil pastels with a fixative?

Are you planning on using the tiny paper type oil pastels or moving up to oil sticks to work on the canvas? Despite the approved answer I would hesitate to use spray fix on oil pastels and definitely ...
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Is it really necessary to spray oil pastels with a fixative?

If you don't want the artwork destroyed, then yes. Any contact with unfixed pastel (oil or chalk) will smudge it. This includes contact through the plastic bags you're dropping the art into. An artist-...
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