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04-14-2000, 08:57 AM
One of my favorite mediums is chalk/charcoal. Unfortunately, they are a little messy. My works ALWAYS blur and smear http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/crying.gif--tainting their own quality and that of other works that happen to be stored with or near them. I have tried spraying them with sealant but it just doesn't do the trick. A matte keeps them from shedding all over my other works, but the dust ends up sticking to the inside of the matte providing for a blurry "stare-through-a-rainy-window" look. Is there any way that I can solve this dillemma http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif? Matt.

04-16-2000, 07:02 AM
Workable fixitive is a neat stuff. Spray your drawing with it as you are working and after you are finished. That should help.

God Blesses!

04-16-2000, 05:36 PM
Just started using charcoal, I use a workable fixative after it is finished, must try it as I progress, might save smudging,thanks,

[This message has been edited by Rod (edited April 16, 2000).]

vita brevis
04-18-2000, 08:35 AM
Rather than spraying with fixatif, which changes the colors, why not try a more retentive surface? A very very fine sandpaper, called pouncing paper is a pleasure to work on and holds the chalk well. You could also try charcoal pencils, rather than vine charcoal.