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What Fixative Spray Do You Use?

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I'm experimenting with fixative sprays and I'm curious what people use. Trying SpectraFix right now which is eco-friendly (awesome) but droplets keep forming and staining (not awesome). Maybe it's because it's non-aerosal that it forms the drops which is fine but SOMETIMES they dry and leave a stain, not always. I've tried Grumbacher as well which seemed to work well but.. *fumes barf*. And I have Krylon to try next. What do you use? Any alternatives?

Mostly using pastels.
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I use a couple of different sprays- Krylon UV resistant Clear, Golden Archival Varnish (satin finish)...sometimes both. As was already said, thin coats, because it will effect the work. I use ink a fair amount of time & have discovered that it (spray fixes) unifies large areas of brushed ink. On color pencil it tends to darken & intensify.
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CinderBlockStudios Nov 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
anything that's aerosol and good quality will have fumes. Get used to it.
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Tetchist Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
any aerosol-based can should work just fine. spray in just a few whisper-thin coats, and you're set.

chalk pastels can be severely dulled by fixative. just FYI.
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WilWhalen Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
In art school we used dollar store hair spray, and it worked just fine.
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Tetchist Nov 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was always told to avoid hair spray because it turns the page yellow after a time.
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