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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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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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What (preferably non-toxic) fixative would work best for oil pastels on a cardboard box?

In all honesty, I wouldn't give this box to my child until they are at least a teenager. You can use the box for keepsakes in the meantime, but I wouldn't let my child have unsupervised acess to it. ...
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What (preferably non-toxic) fixative would work best for oil pastels on a cardboard box?

The only fixative for oil based mediums is drying time, which can be months at the least. After the pigments are dry to the touch and do not smudge (test an small area not normally visible) you can ...
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Prismacolor premiere pencils on top of fixative

Instead of matte fixative try using workable fixative. It should seal the underlayers while preserving the tooth of the paper so you can keep working. Keep in mind once a layer gets fixed it is "...
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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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